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Monarda 'Blue Stockings'

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Bright spider-like, violet-purple flowers. Aromatic foliage. Deadhead for extended bloom. Excellent as a cut flower. Attracts Hummingbirds.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.

Flower Color

Violet-purple

Foliage Color

Plant Spread

Plant Height

2-3 ft.

Hardness Zone

1-4

Good Companions

'Rudbeckia', 'Shasta Daisy's', 'White Liatris'

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Border
Naturalized
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Cut flowers

Bloom Time

Mid summer to fall

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

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