This mound-forming perennial is typically seen in higher elevations in the interior West. The lavender or rose- purple flowers are attractive to insects, especially bees and butterflies. In the mint family, its stems are sturdy and erect, and it emits a fragrant aroma of mint when brushed. This plant is easy to establish and maintain in Intermountain West landscapes and is perfect for rock gardens.
Has distinctive, tubular flowers that spike out of the cone. Flower color is scarlet red, although there are several hybrid selections that come in white, pink, purple and blue. Native to eastern North America. Bee balm has square stems and a minty fragrance. Plant size ranges from two to four feet tall and two to three feet wide. Bee balm typically blooms from mid to late summer.