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Monarda x didyma 'Pardon My Pink'

Bee Balm

Plant Type: Perennial
FULL sun to MORNING sun/AFTERNOON shade

No room for the tall, bushy, traditional Bee Balm in your garden? Now there’s a petite selection that’s easy to tuck into the front of your sunny border and combination containers. Reaching just a foot tall at maturity, this compact selection forms a bushy, well-branched clump of deep green, glossy foliage.

From mid through late summer, cheerful true medium pink flowers sit just at the top of the foliage. Though the plant may be dwarf, the flowers are the same size as taller selections, measuring a full 2 ½ - 3 inches across. They add a bright splash of color to the border in high summer.

This new selection also offers good resistance to powdery mildew, a problem with many older Bee Balms. Just provide good air circulation, sunshine, and plenty of water and these plants will thrive!

Though this plant is listed as hardy in zones 4-9, it may prove to be a bit more cold tolerant than that. If you are in a borderline 3/4 hardiness zone, you may want to give this plant a try!

Monarda is native to eastern North America, so it is easy to grow and it multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas.


Height

10-12"

Spread

8-12"

Landscape Application:

Group or mass in beds, borders, cottage gardens and water margins.

Monarda x didyma 'Pardon My Pink' Plant Care:

Prefers consistently moist, organically rich soil. Thin clumps to provide good air circulation.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Bee Balm Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest
Mid Season (May - June)
Soil Moisture Needs

Moderate soil moisture.

Moderate
Special Benefits
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant

Bee Balm Additional Information

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