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I am growing these in northeast Ohio, Zone 6b. I started them using the winter sowing method in early March. They have performed beautifully for me so far in a partly shady location and the bees seem to love them. I have found that it is helpful to provide a small trellis or some support to keep the plants upright during heavy rain. I will grow more of these next year.
The goldfinches love them too.I am a beginner gardner. I bought a bunch of seeds to grow this year. This bee balm did the best in my garden, and I got a few compliments from my neighbors and family, asking what it is so they could grow it. The blossoms lasted all summer, into fall. I finally cut them down this weekend (November 20th in zone 6a CT) and there were parts that had purple on them still, even though we had a few inches of snow earlier this month. Also, there was such a drought this year that I didn't really water my plants at all to save water. Such a hardy plant!I can't wait to grow more!