Blue Moon BeeBalm
Perennial Blue Moon BeeBalm – MONARDA ‘Blue Moon’ PP29549 – SUGAR BUZZ® Series. 20″ tall, 18-22″ spread, full sun-part shade, mid-late summer bloom. 2-2½” shaggy, lavender blue flowers are held by attractive purple bracts. Forms a solid dome of deep green foliage perfect for the middle of the border. A breakthrough, shorter height for this color. The flowers’ sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. Deer resistant. Zones 4-8. Potted in 3″ pot.
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Spring | Summer | Fall
Bee Friendly | Butterflies | Hummingbirds
Monarda can be found naturally along riverbanks and enjoys this rich, organic, moist soil. However, it will grow in average soil as well. Full sun is best, but light shade is tolerated. Plants tend to spread more quickly in the shade, however.
Most monardas multiply rapidly either by underground stems or self-sowing. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.
Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem with monarda. Some varieties are more resistant to it than others. To prevent this fungus from appearing, large clumps should be thinned out so that the air circulates freely around them. The soil should also be kept consistently moist; dry soil promotes powdery mildew.
Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic, Rain Garden
Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Mass Planting