Bee Balm is native to eastern North America and is a member of the Mint family.  It is also known as Wild Bergamot.  There are annual and perennial varieties of this plant.  The unique blooms of Bee Balm are found in pink, purple, red, and white. The foliage on the plant is fragrant.  The flower blooms in mid to late summer.  Native Americans and colonists used bee balm leaves and flowers to make tea and medicinal salves.  Bee balm can also be used to make potpourris and lotions.  This plant is a great addition to any pollinator garden.  The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  The seed heads will attract birds in the fall and winter.  Plant bee balm in the spring or fall in rich well-drained soil. The plant will grow best in full sunshine.  It is easy to grow from seeds.  Plant it in a location where there is good air circulation or it can develop powdery mildew.  To encourage re-blooming deadhead faded blooms.  Learn more about Bee Balm in this article

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  • gslotnick@yahoo.com Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

  • mmsimpson1@insightbb.com Feb 22

    What zones can the California Lilac grow in. I live in zone 6, Kentucky. Thank you for helping me.

    The hardiness zones for this plant are 8 - 10.  There are different types of this plant so there might be one that works for you.  Here is more information.
    https://www.gardenia.net/plant-variety/ceanothus-california-lilac

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