Violet Queen is a didyma/fistulosa hybrid of Bee Balm with light purple/pink spurs over light colored bracts. The early spring foliage start with a few splotches, and the stems tend to purple up a bit later in the season. This is a good back of the border bee balm that can handle a little less moisture.
These are the stars of my summer garden, attracting hummers several times a day. The flowers have beautiful spurs surrounding a daisy-like center. The leaves have an extremely pleasant aroma when brushed against. Plant near a garden bench so you may see the hummers closely in action. Bee Balm is prone to powdery mildew, but consistantly moist soil in summer and good air circulation help combat this problem. They prefer a drier winter, so good drainage during the winter months is helpful when the snow melts. They are reliable bloomers and naturalize very well, giving you years of enjoyment. Very little care is needed for these beauties, they are very hardy.
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
Sun to Partial Shade
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Award: Chicago Botanic Garden 'Best Plants'
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
You will be receiving a 2-3 stem plant division ready for transplant. Plant shallow in the soil and keep moist until significant new foliage sprouts. Most plants bloom the first year on shorter stalks.