Perennial Scarlet BeeBalm – MONARDA didyma. 48″ tall, full sun-part shade, mid-late summer bloom. Bright scarlet-red flowers bloom on dense, globular, terminal flowerheads (up to 3-4″ across) somewhat resembling unkempt mop-heads. Each flowerhead is surrounded by a whorl of showy, red-tinged, leafy bracts. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, bee friendly. 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