bee balm


Definition of bee balm

1 : any of several monardas especially : oswego tea

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Recent Examples on the Web Plants in their yard include bee balm, phlox, delphinium, coneflowers, Japanese maples, five different kinds of hydrangeas, liatris, cup plant, European ginger, hostas, trillium, a couple hundred ferns, Jack in the pulpit and ligularia. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With mushroom cutouts, bird condos and plenty of plants, Sussex artist paints the landscape," 8 Oct. 2020 Some of her favorite plants to add to attract hummingbirds are bee balm, lupine, salvia, columbine and penstemon. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 3 Sep. 2020 Heading back down the bluff, especially at sunset, hikers cross broad meadows where wild turkeys bob and teenage whitetail fawns, resplendent in their reddish summer coats, dart amid the asters, milkweed, bee balm and bluebird houses. Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, "Frontenac State Park grows in acreage and beauty," 29 July 2020 Be patient and seek out summer blooming plants such as bee balm, Salvia coccinea and cosmos to decorate the growing area during the seed production period of bluebonnets and other early blooming wildflowers. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to San Antonio’s best hot-weather summer annuals, shade or full sun," 16 Apr. 2020 For the latter, check out things like bee balms, columbines, lupines, foxgloves, hollyhocks, cleomes, impatiens and petunias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Answering reader questions: When nonnative plants are OK, how to attract hummingbirds," 20 Feb. 2020 Use seed varieties like coreopsis, poppies, bluebonnets, bee balm, phlox, blue curl, Salvia coccinea, sunflower and other selections that are well adapted for the Central Texas area. Calvin Finch,, "The best living evergreen Christmas trees you can plant later in your San Antonio garden," 28 Nov. 2019 As for spring-blooming perennials, that group could feature the many varieties of Agastache (hummingbird mint), Monarda (bee balm but also a hummer favorite) and the California native Monardella (coyote mint). Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 Twenty-two plants are included as nectar sources from bee balm and gaura to phlox and verbena. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of bee balm

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bee balm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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