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Bee Balm, Beebalm 'Petite Delight'


Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Cultivar: Petite Delight
Additional cultivar information:(PP10784)
Hybridized by Collicutt, et al.
Registered or introduced: 1999
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Lyme, Connecticut

Savannah, Georgia

Algonquin, Illinois

Bridgeview, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

North Yarmouth, Maine

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kirksville, Missouri

Polson, Montana

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Whiting, New Jersey

Wellsville, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Knoxville, Tennessee

West Dummerston, Vermont

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Cameron, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2016, 31hilltop from East Lyme, CT wrote:

I bought the Petite Delight because it was mildew resistant. I have had the plants for one month and all 5 plants have mildew.
I live in southern Connecticut and I really love the color, shape and size of the plants but..not happy with the mildew.


On Oct 8, 2013, Aphthona from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Six inch plant with two flowers in its third year is underwhelming.


On Sep 21, 2011, BambooSue from Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

QUESTION: Since this is a hybrid between bee balm (minty smell) and Oswego tea (bergamot smell), can someone please post whether its leaves smell like mint or bergamot? Bergamot is a wonderfully light citrus smell, like Earl Grey tea.



On May 20, 2011, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

My second year with this plant. So far it's the exact same size as last year. Not spreading so far but unfortunately, the red bee balm near it is trying to take it over. Wettest spring in a long time here, so if it doesn't mildew, it's a keeper.


On Jul 7, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have not found these to spread like other varieties of bee balm. Mine had some powdery mildew last year, but the plants bloomed and seemed okay in spite of it. I have been faithfully watering them this year and so far have not seen any mildew. I like the flower color and the nice clumping behavior.


On Nov 17, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted 2 of these in the late spring in semi shade. We had one of the wettest most humid summers ever. These plants grew about 6" over the summer and are now about a foot tall. They proved to be completely mildew resistant here, when every piece of furniture was covered in the gross stuff.


On Nov 3, 2009, annakins from Aberdeen, SD wrote:

Nice plant. Have had for 3 years in mostly sun and hasn't grown much if any. Don't know how can be invasive. Flowers are pretty though. Good front of the border plant.


On Jul 23, 2008, flowergirl78 from Dublin, OH wrote:

I just bought two 'petite delights' this spring... they are STILL only about 6" tall. Both plants have sent up new stalks and have some new top growth but I'm starting to worry about the height factor. Can anyone tell me if this slow growth rate is normal?


On Jul 5, 2006, Meig from Far Northwest 'burbs, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just planted this a few weeks ago and while it is blooming and it very pretty, it is not resistant to powdery mildew as it is claimed to be. I have it in the wettest soil of my yard and we just had a week of rainy days and high humidity. The plants are just covered in milderw now. I just sprayed with Neem oil so we'll see how that goes.

The flowerheads are really pretty but I have never had any plant that was this susceptible to powdery mildew as this one seems to be.


On Dec 20, 2004, Lakeangel from Richmond, MN wrote:

I have had my Petite Monarda for 2 years and it is growning very well here. It has not been invasive. I'm wondering how it would grow in a pot, and may try that this coming spring.


On Jul 24, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I too am having mildew problems w/ this beauty.
In fairness though all Monarda's have trouble here.

Full sun. Open spot. Good wind.
It does fine.

Two out of three of the above and it powders up quickly.

It does though take quickly from cuttings so I was able to keep some of it going.

The blossom color IS great.
Works well w/ about anything.



On Jun 20, 2004, Gardengirl1204 from Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have found this Bee Balm to be very NON-invasive. In fact, when I planted it, I wanted it to spread and it has stayed right in the same location for 4 years. I thought I was doing something wrong until I read about it. I have not had any problems with mildew which is a miracle here in Va.


On Sep 12, 2003, spaniel from North Yarmouth, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Agreed that it is marketed as mildew resistant, but this past summer (three weeks of rain), it crashed heavily !
I have a tendency to agree that it isn't showy enough for the stress it can cause, but the size is definitely useful. Tough call on that one


On Aug 14, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have several varieties of monarda, all but one susceptible to mildew, which has not been a big problem for me. However this dwarf variety literally "sank" twice, in different locations, from powdery mildew! After the second time, I frankly decided not to try again - I did not think this showy enough to "beat myself up" trying in my Zone 5a/4b yard!


On Aug 13, 2003, echoes from South of Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

This Monarda is mildew resistant. After several years it has formed a nice clump, but is not invasive. Needs careful placement because of its unusual colour, looks good with soft yellow, white, cream.


On Feb 1, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A dwarf monarda. Marketed as being very resistant to mildew.