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Monarda didyma

Bee balm

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.6m to 1.2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourReddish, yellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Monarda didyma (Bee balm). This species produces whorls of tubular flowers that float on top of the stems with hairy, mint-scented foliage.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Fragrance, naturaliser, cutting bed, wildflower/meadow, border. Summer/Autumn interest. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are either fully or frost-hardy plants, which will need to be planted in full sun although a little shade is acceptable. The soil must be well drained, make sure the annuals grow in sandy soil. Remember to deadhead this will prolong the blooming period.

Propagation

Divide established clumps

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mildew

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