Monarda fistulosa, Beebalm


Historical Uses:

The Cherokee Nation was reported to used poultices of leaves for headaches and colds, infusions of leaf and plant tops for weak bowels/intestinal issues. The Chocktaw Nation was reported to rub the plant on the chests of children for pain, and infusions of leaves were used as a cathartic. The Blackfoot Nation was reported to use infusions of M. fistulosa for coughs, poultices of plant pieces to cuts, solutions for sore eyes, roots chewed for swollen neck glands, etc.


M. fistulosa is very attractive to bees, butterflies, and moths. It pairs well with M. citriodora as it begins blooming as M. citriodora is finishing for the year!


  • Listing ID: 1177
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 2-3
  • Stratification: No stratification required
  • Bloom Time: June-July
  • Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Monarda fistulosa
  • Common Name: Beebalm, Hosemint, Wild Bergamont
  • Eco-Region: 251