Monarda didyma Cranberry Lace

Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea

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Plant Code: MOCL

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Showy pink-lavender petals form a frilly lace collar that engulfs a dark center. Abundant flowers are held close atop their dense foliage. Shorter stature allows for use in the front of the border or in a container. Excellent mildew resistance.

Attractive burgundy leafy bracts frame the flowers above aromatic gray-green leaves. The leaves of Monarda can be used to flavor teas. A carefree strong grower. Teams well in the border with Liatris and Echinacea. Patent pending.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 1'
Spacing: Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower: Pink
Accent: Lavender
Patent: Pending
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming
  • OK in Containers
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Monarda General Information

Monarda are very attractive to Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds. With both fragrant foliage and colorful flowers, Bee Balm is ideal for making potpourri or herbal wreaths. Strong grower in the North, can be overpowering in Southern gardens so allow plenty of space. Erect stems support uniquely shaped flowers. All of our varieties have good to excellent mildew resistance. When crushed the foliage will release a spicy fragrance and the leaves can be used to make delightful teas.

Monarda Plant Care

Easy to grow. Prefers a well-drained soil. Divide spring or fall every 3-4 years. Thinning stems out to increase air circulation will help prevent powdery mildew, as will keeping plants watered during dry spells. Foliage can be cut back after flowering to encourage fresh new leaves and possible late fall rebloom.