This genus was named after Dr. Nicolas Monardes, a Spanish physician whose Joyfull Newes Out of the New Founde Worlde was the first book to be published about the flora of the Americas. A summer-blooming member of the Mint family, everything about this plant is intriguing. Excellent in arrangements, its jaunty whorled blossoms and decorative bracts attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while holding our interest even in winter. Lining erect and robust stems, the opposite leaves are deliciously fragrant. An engaging addition to the border or a meadow setting, Bergamot offers pleasing contrast to the more undefined forms of the garden, as well as to the linear aspect of grasses. Happiest in moist fertile soil, Monarda’s dense clump needs to be divided every 2 to 3 years. The following cultivars exhibit outstanding resistance to powdery mildew.
A central U.S. inhabitant, this superlative small-statured Monarda champions some admirable traits: early-blooming flowers, deer and mildew resistance plus a well-behaved slow spreading habit. Short steadfast stems forge a clump characterized by spiffy aromatic grayish green foliage plus grand, dense pinkish lavender globes of purple speckled 2-lipped flowers, which reside upon violet-infused leafy bracts. Captivating bees and butterflies, the festooned flowers sustain their intrigue as they morph into dried seed heads.
Size: 12" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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