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Monarda Leading Lady Orchid

Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea

$16.95 ea. (3+ discount) $16.50 ea.

Preorder for Spring 2021

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Plant Code: MOOR

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Performing a little earlier than most Bee Balms, our leading lady takes center stage in early summer. Just a foot tall, the bicolor orchid-pink blossoms with lighter pink interiors will gain celebrity status with butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

With its petite stature, Monarda Leading Lady Orchid is perfectly sized to tuck in the front of any sunny border or edge a garden path. Foliage will release a spicy fragrance when crushed and can be used to make herbal tea. Bee Balm is a carefree strong-growing perennial. Deer tend to leave Bee Balm alone.

Details

Type: Perennials
Height: Short 10-14"
Spacing: Plant 22-28" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Mid-Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Pink
Accent: Lavender
Patent: Pending
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • 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. Divide spring or fall every 3-4 years. Thinning stems out to increase air circulation will further 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.