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Bee Balm Monarda – A favorite with hummingbirds, these brilliant monardas explode forth from tall stems to catch the attention of your garden visitors. Grows to 24 to 36 H Perennial Bloom period: summer Full sun to partial shade Hardiness zones: 4-9