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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'

 Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster' (Bee Balm)
Monarda 'Purple Rooster'
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Purple lover's Review
Location: Frederick, MD
Hardiness Zone: 7

I love purple and was hoping for many purple flowers from 3 Monarda plants I purchased. The leaf growth was all over the place. However, I only had one flower. It was absolutely gorgeous, but how disappointing. The plants were in full sun a good portion of the day. Hoping season 2 will be improved.

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Karen Guise's Review
Location: Middletown, DE
Hardiness Zone: 7

I know I'm not the only buying lots and lots of purple for the garden. As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it! I'll know more next summer, but this year my baby Roosters did very well with lots of gorgeous blooms that held up well and came over a long period. If you're like me and can't get enough purple, this is the Monarda to get.

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Common Name: “Bee Balm”

(Bee balm) Monarda didyma ‘Purple Rooster’ will really “strut its stuff” in the landscape. Selected and named by David and Nancy Nedveck from a batch of didyma seedlings, this three foot Monarda performed well and never required staking. ‘Purple Rooster’ displays royal purple blooms that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Native to eastern North America, Monarda is easy to grow and has minty aromatic foliage often used to flavor teas.

Flower Color: Purple
Height: 3 Feet     Spread: 3 Feet
Hardiness Zone: 4-9  
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Bee Balm Growing Tips:

Monarda can be found naturally along riverbanks and enjoys this rich, organic, moist soil. However, it will grow in average soil as well. Full sun is best, but light shade is tolerated. Plants tend to spread more quickly in the shade, however.

Most Monardas multiply rapidly either by underground stems or self-sowing. In order to keep plants healthy and vigorous, they should be divided at least every three years in the spring. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.

Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem with Monarda. Some varieties are more resistant to it than others. To prevent this fungus from appearing, large clumps should be thinned out so that the air circulates freely around them. The soil should also be kept consistently moist; dry soil promotes powdery mildew.

'Purple Rooster' Characteristics & Attributes

Sun Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
  • Moist
  • Moderate
Attributes
  • Cut Flower or Foliage
  • Fragrant
  • Native
Nature Attraction
  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterfly
Critter Resistance
  • Deer
Season of Interest (Flowering)
  • Summer
  • Late Summer
Design Use
  • Massing
  • Border

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