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. The following cultivars exhibit outstanding resistance to powdery mildew.
Awarded top honors at a recent Chicago Botanical Garden trial that included nearly 40 Monarda varieties, ‘Raspberry Wine’ promises to be a champion in your garden as well. Its upright stand of strong leafy stems gives way to long-blooming flowers, flaunting fanciful tops, each delicately perfumed and saturated with vibrant wine-red hues.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.
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