The flowers are wine red and irresistible to hummingbirds. Plants bloom long and hard and show excellent resistance to powdery mildew. A White Flower Farm introduction in 1992.
This North American genus has several species, all of which share tartly fragrant foliage and the square stems that typify members of the Mint family. The late-summer flower heads are hemispheres of tubular blooms in brilliant colors. Plants thrive in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist soil. Under these conditions, they are vigorous to the point of invasiveness, perhaps past it. Hummingbirds are drawn to the flowers.
For more information on the growing and care of Monarda, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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naturegirl from Tolland MA
I use this plant in masses to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Also use as screen for the side of a building and in the back of perennial garden. Even in heavy rain it usually remains standing - very sturdy stems. It did overpower my cone flowers this year and it does spread easily unless confined. The color is outstanding, the blossoms are gorgeous and the smell is wonderful!
flowerlover from West Allis, WI
I wrote a previous review and wanted to update it. The first year with the plant I was very disappointed, BUT this year this plant is stunning and looks wonderful mixed next to my monkshood, goldsturm, and echinacea! I'm glad that I waited to pull it out:) I did have to put edging around it because of the runners, though! Like I said, I'm glad that I waited and gave it a chance!
naturegirl from Tolland MA
I posted several years ago and want to update. This is my favorite bee balm. Until this terrible winter it has been reliable hardy in zone 5a. This year I lost some but not all. It is a stunning color and beautiful blooms and the butterflies love it. When in full bloom the hummingbirds zip from flower to flower. Although it does spread easily it is also easy to gently pull out stalks that have wandered to put them elsewhere or share with friends. I solved the cone flower problem by planting my cones in front of the bee balm separated by a small rock border. they look fabulous together. If any stray stalks get mixed with the cones I just remove them in the spring. Get this while you can ...many nurseries are not carrying this any more in favor of some newer varities. I have encourage said nurseries to stock some!
Latin Name Pronunciation: mo-nar'duh
Plant Mondarda in full sun or partial shade. Grow in mosture-retentive soil. In dry conditions, Bee Balm is susceptible to powdery mildew. Mulch plants in spring and irrigate during summer dry spells. Plant bareroot plants with the old stems pointing up. Fan out the runners horizontally and cover them with just ¼" of soil. Plants spread rapidly. Divide every year or two in spring to keep them in check.