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.
So smitten with their discovery in Tylertown, MS, Mike and Barbara Bridges named this floriferous show-stopper after their daughter. Adored by hummingbirds and butterflies, ‘Claire Grace’ presents attractive 2 to 3 in. wide pincushion-style clusters of tubular lavender-hued blooms all summer long. Sturdy upright stems are clothed with aromatic, toothed grayish green leaves, which develop a glossy luster and good mildew resistance plus concoct a flavorful tea. Her top-performing habit is reputed to abide both dry and wet conditions, while appreciating good air circulation as well as rich well-drained soil.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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