Monarda Leading Lady Plum

Leading Lady™ Series

Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea

$15.95 ea. (3+ discount) $15.50 ea.

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Plant Code: MOPM

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Spiky magenta-purple flowers, nature’s version of a fireworks’ finale, explode into bloom amidst the well-branched foliage. Blossoms, with age, sport a deeper wash for a pleasing two-tone effect. Monarda Leading Lady Series are carefree, strong growers. Performing a little earlier than most Bee Balms, our Leading Ladies take center stage in early summer. Just about a foot tall, the blossoms will gain celebrity status with an audience of butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees; but deer tend to refrain from nibbling. With its petite stature, they are 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.


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: Purple
Patent: PP26,447
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. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

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.