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Monarda 'Petite Delight'
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Plant Type: Perennials

This was the first dwarf Monarda with mildew resistant foliage to be introduced to the trade. Lavender-rose flowers top the stout, square stems of this Monarda from midsummer to early fall. They are enhanced by the lush dark green, crinkled foliage which forms a compact mound. 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

Lavendar rose

Foliage Color

Dark green

Plant Spread

12-15 in.

Good Companions

Coneflower-Purple (Echinacea purpurea), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), False Sunflower (Heliopsis ), Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Goat's Beard-Dwarf (Aruncus aethusifolius), Primrose-Evening (Oenothera berlandieri), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell-Creeping (Veronica prostrata), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Plant Height

12-15 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

5-9

Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Small/Miniature, 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

Medium

Seasonal Interests