Details(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.
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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'
Common Name Bee Balm USDA Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Plant Type Perennial Sun Exposure Full Sun (+6 hrs.), Part Shade (4-6 hrs.) Soil Moisture Needs Moderate, Moist Nature Attractions Butterflies, Hummingbirds Critter Resistance Deer Flower Color Purple Shades Attributes Cut Flower or Foliage, Deciduous, Fragrant, Native Design Use Border, Massing Season of Interest (Flowering) Late Summer, Summer
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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.