‘Raspberry Wine’ was hybridized by Darrell R. Probst of Hubbardston, Massachusetts and introduced by White Flower Farms in 1992. Its parentage includes both Monarda didyma and M. fistulosa. Erect square stems (remember, Monardas are members of the mint family!) have fragrant, serrated, deep green leaves, sometimes spotted with purple. The familiar and uniquely shaped monarda flower heads are raspberry-red (as are the flower buds) and fragrant. Bred for resistance to powdery mildew.
Attracts hummingbirds as well as butterflies and bees.
Prefers rich, humusy soils in full sun, but appreciates some afternoon shade. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. Deadhead to prolong flowering season. Divide clumps every 3-4 years to prevent overcrowding and to control mildly spreading tendencies (slowly spreads by rhizomes). Provide plants with good air circulation to help combat powdery mildew.
Height: 3-4 ft.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: July to August
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: medium to wet
According to Rutgers University, Monarda sp. are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: North Creek Nurseries