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Monarda didyma ‘Marshall’s Delight’
Monarda didyma ‘Marshall’s Delight’

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Zones A2, A3, 1-11, 14-17, 30-43
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Monarda didyma

Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Horsemint
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Herbs, Perennials

MONARDA

Native to eastern North America. Bushy, leafy clumps grow to 2–4 ft. high with an initial width of about 1 1/2 ft.; after that, they spread rapidly at the edges but are not really invasive. Dark green, 4–6-in.-long leaves have a strong, pleasant odor like a blend of mint and basil. In summer, upright stems are topped by tight clusters of long-tubed flowers much visited by hummingbirds. Divide every 3 or 4 years. Not long-lived in areas with warm winters and long, hot summers.

Monarda didyma

The basic species has scarlet flowers surrounded by reddish bracts. All bloom over a long period of 2 months or more when spent flowers are removed. Don’t let soil dry out.

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