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. Most of the cultivars exhibit outstanding resistance to powdery mildew.
Reminiscent of fanciful jester hats, the large, whorled rosy-pink inflorescences promote myriad 2-lipped tubular flowers nestled upon prominent pink-suffused bracts. This classic 1932 cultivar hosts stiff vertical stems lined with aromatic lance-shaped apple-green foliage beneath the generous long-lasting hoopla that entices bees, hummingbirds and florists alike. An undemanding top-notch midborder plant, ‘Croftway Pink’ can be flanked by Stipa gigantea and Veronicastrum ‘Pink Glow’, while Aster ‘Avondale’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ take the lead.
Blooms July–mid September
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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