rich, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
June, July, August
violet, pink, lilac
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
"Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace’ ranked highly in our trial due to its sturdy, upright habit and prolific floral display. The impressive level of flower coverage lasts for three straight weeks near 100%. ‘Claire Grace’ is a naturally occurring selection of Monarda fistulosa that was found by Barb and Michael Bridges [of Southern Perennials and Herbs] and named for their daughter. Compared to the straight species, ‘Claire Grace’ has a sturdier habit, slightly darker purple flowers, better resistance to powdery mildew, and more attractive, glossy, green foliage." -- Mt. Cuba Center
Easy to grow in any type of soil, and in full sun to part sun. Established plants are fairly drought resistant. Good air circulation is important in poorly-drained, wetter and more humid environments. Plants enjoy a long blooming period beginning in mid summer and lasting about a month. It can be further extended by dead-heading spent flowers. Dividing the clumps every 2 to 3 years will keep the plants healthy and help control their spread.