Monardas are showy pollinator favorites!
Clusters of lavender, pink or white flowers, looking like ragged pompoms, bloom atop open-branched square stems. Greyish-green, toothed, opposite leaves have a minty fragrance when crushed. Plant foliage declines after bloom, particularly if infected with powdery mildew, but that doesn’t bother the pollinators!
Will spread rapidly by rhizomes and self-seeding.
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Special value to native bees.
Monarda fistulosa is more tolerant of drought than M. didyma (and also more powdery mildew resistant) but prefers full sun and moist soils. Provide plants with good air circulation to help prevent powdery mildew.
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Height: 2-4 ft.
Spread:- 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: July to September
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: dry to medium
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