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Monarda 'Marshall's Delight'
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Plant Type: Perennials

True medium pink flowers top the stout, square stems of this Monarda from midsummer to early fall. It has demonstrated a high resistance to mildew. 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.

 


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

Medium pink

Foliage Color

Plant Spread

1-2 ft.

Good Companions

Coneflower-Purple (Echinacea purpurea), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium sanguineum), Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus), Loosestrife-Gooseneck (Lysimachia clethroides), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell-Long-leaf (Veronica longifolia), Yarrow (Achillea )

Plant Height

2-3 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-9

Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Fragrant flowers or foliage, Border, Mass plant, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time

Mid summer through early fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Rapid

Seasonal Interests