monarda didyma 'purple rooster' (bee balm)

Size: 1 gallon
  • whorls of small, tubular flowers are backed by leafy bracts
  • royal purple flowers appear on square stems just above foliage
  • glossy, dark green, toothed, lance to oval-shaped leaves
  • foliage has a minty scent when crushed
  • upright, clumping habit
  • bloom time: july to august
  • zone 4
  • height 75-90cm
  • spread 60-70cm
  • colour purple
  • best grown in an average to moist soil, in full sun, however, it is tolerant of partially shady locations
  • powdery mildew is a common, fungal problem for monarda, although some cultivars are more resistant
  • all monarda should be planted in open areas that receive good, air circulation and keep a consistently moist soil, to help prevent mildew problems
  • mature clumps should be thinned out
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • attracts butterflies
  • attracts hummingbirds
  • deer resistant
  • rabbit resistant
  • fragrant