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.
The prodigal offspring of two top performing Beebalms, ‘Marshalls Delight’ and ‘Jacob Cline’, this Dr. Jim Ault introduction swaggers enormous shaggy flower heads stained in red and ruddy pink tones hoisted atop stout stems. Natty green foliage cloaks the medium-sized frame that is commended for its topnotch mildew resistance. A show-off beacon in sunny mixed borders, meadow plantings or prairie-style venues, ‘Fire Marshall’ galvanizes garden visitors and hummingbirds alike. (pp#23,286)
Size: 4' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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