Common Name: Scarlet Bee Balm, Oswego Tea
Full to part sun, moderately wet to medium moisture level, prefers rich humusy soil, acidic pH. 2-4 ft. height, blooms mid to late summer, bright red flowers, spreads readily in a favorable site both by rhizomes and re-seeding.
Germination Code: A
Native Region: Blue Ridge Province
Striking, colorful wildflower. Mildew can be a problem but some cultivars, such as ‘Jacob Cline’ are mildew-resistant. Divide clumps every 3-4 years to prevent overcrowding. Needs good air circulation to help reduce powdery mildew. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.