bee balm


: any of several monardas
especially : oswego tea

Examples of bee balm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plant flowers nearby that attract pollinators, such as sunflowers, bee balm, goldenrod, etc. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2024 Other native plant candidates for winter sowing, Schaller said, include bee balm, coneflower, goldenrod, blazing star, phlox and lobelia. Susan Degrane, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Tea Garden plants like aromatic lemon verbena, bee balm, bronze fennel, chamomile, or mint are perfect for growing your own herbal tea. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2024 Right now above my coneflowers, bee balm, and black-eyed Susans, a parade of bees, butterflies, and wasps are buzzing and flying among the flower heads. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 25 July 2023 Featuring native plantings, the garden includes eastern redbuds, winterberry holly, hibiscus, little blue stem, arrowwood, coreopsis tickseed, cone flower and bee balm. John Benson, cleveland, 24 July 2023 Bees are particularly attracted to bee balm, echinacea, snapdragon, and hostas, as well as a number of other wildflowers like California poppies and evening primrose. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 28 July 2023 Red bee balm An easy plant to care for that usually expands into a large patch by its roots. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2023 Perennials such as bee balm, catmint, calamint, coneflowers, and milkweed offer lots of food for pollinators. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bee balm was in 1836

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“Bee balm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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