A natural occurring cross with dark red flower heads.
average, in moist sites they will expand rapidly becoming aggressive and invasive
Soil & Site
flower head consists of tubular flowers in a single or double row whorl around the center, deep red
opposite, pointed and have a scent
four angled stems
3-4 feet tall, spreads as far as you let it
After blooming cut back to the ground. Cutting back eliminates the bare knee stems and the mildew laden leaves. Monarda dies out in the center and needs to be divided every 2-3 years. Dig healthy clumps and replant or dig out center and fill with compost. The plants will rapidly regrow. Should be placed behind a plant that will cover up the space left when Monarda is cut back. All Monarda are prone to get mildew but the newer cultivars are said to be mildew resistant. I doubt if any are totally resistant.
easy from division, cuttings
Discovered by Don Cline as a natural cross.
The genus was named after Nicolas Monardes a 16th century botanist.