Coral Reef Bee Balm

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Darling jesters crowns of bright coral-pink finery, the Coral Reef Bee Balm (Monarda didyma 'Coral Reef') has these truly unique blooms all summer and draws pollinators galore for you to enjoy! These cold-resistant Canadian cultivars are very mildew resistant. They aren't well-liked by deer, allowing you to enjoy their blossoms longer, without the fuss of other Monarda.

Bee Balm is fragrant blooming perennials with very aromatic foliage! Starting mid to late summer and lasting through autumn, with the flowers reappearing when deadheaded. The fragrant foliage of the native varieties was used in potpourri and tea, so you'll love the herbal fragrance the crushed leaves of this cultivar emit when you brush past the plant. Getting their aromatic nature from their Mint family connections and native forms even have their share of culinary and medical uses.

Coral Reef has unique party-favor-looking blossoms that are bee and butterfly magnets! They thrive in USDA growing zones 4 through 9 and these full sun-loving perennials also do well in partial shade. Faster-growing and scented, they even attract a few hummingbirds to sip from their many slender, trumpet-shaped petals that make up the crown of each blossom.

Planting and Application:

These butterfly magnets in pollinator gardens and add a unique whimsy to cut flower gardens and perennial borders alike! Any sunny borders or rock garden become incredible additions in tough, xeric and naturalized locations where constant fussing and watering won't be widely available. Brighten cottage borders with unique, fragrant flowers.

Plant Coral Reef among mixed borders to feed bees and butterflies, or in bird gardens for hummingbirds. These tough and xeric plants are great to plant in tricky sunny locations, along paths and sidewalks and as vivid banks and mass plantings. The whimsical blossoms are ideal for children’s and sensory gardens too!

  • Unique Bright Coral Pink Blooms
  • Lovely Green Fragrant Foliage
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Fast Growing Bee, Butterfly & Hummingbird Magnet
  • Cut Flower, Beds, Borders & Pollinator Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Bee Balm is full sun and partial shade tolerant and prefers planted in well-drained soils. Divide clumps to maintain the 2-foot wide size and prevent them from becoming overcrowded. To keep the blooms returning, deadhead to encourage return blooms. Prune down the dormant in late fall after frost and remove all debris before winter.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moist & Well-Drained Soil
  • Mulch Well, Deadhead Frequently
  • Prune Late Autumn After Dormancy
  • Mildew & Deer Resistant

Coral Reef Bee Balm is just the unique perennial to add curious whimsy and fragrance to your landscape! Order your own bright blossoms for your bees and birds today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Coral Reef Bee Balm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Monarda didyma 'Coral Reef'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes