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Monarda media

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Plant types and subtypes: Root Catalog, Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: average, loam, clay

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: red, purple, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, fragrant plant, naturalizing, stream margin plant

Monarda media (purple bergamot)
  • Monarda media (purple bergamot)

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Description

Monarda media

Also known as:

purple bergamot

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Monarda media is a beebalm with beautiful, reddish to pinkish-purple flowers. It has square stems, typical of the genus, and grows to a height of 3'. The leaves are very fragrant, and produce a strong mint aroma when crushed.

Cultivation

Easy to grow and adaptable, purple beebalm thrives in rich, moist soil, and will perform beautifully in full-sun to open-shade. It will also tolerate wet conditions, making it an excellent choice for use in a rain garden. It is also ideal for a woodland margin where the soil will remain consistently moist. It spreads mainly by rhizomes to form colonies, and is not aggressive. It is highly attractive to pollinators, and remarkably deer resistant. The blooming period is during mid-summer, and lasts well over a month. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Propagate by division, or by seed.

Additional Notes

The flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds, and the seed heads will attract goldfinches in late-summer through fall. This species is rarely sold, and is underutilized.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Monarda beebalm
Species Monarda media purple bergamot