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'Pardon My Purple' Bee Balm Monarda didyma

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12" 12" 30cm 30cm
Height: 10" - 12"
Spread: 10" - 12"
Height: 25cm - 30cm
Spread: 25cm - 30cm
  • Details

    10 - 12 Inches
    10 - 12 Inches
    10 - 12 Inches
    25cm - 30cm
    25cm - 30cm
    25cm - 30cm

    Features

    Tuck this sweet and petite perennial into the front of your flower border where it will create a colorful edge of fuchsia purple flowers in high summer. Butterflies adore it!

    Fragrant Flower
    Fragrant Foliage
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    10 - 12 Inches 25cm - 30cm
    Spacing: 
    10 - 12 Inches 25cm - 30cm
    Spread: 
    10 - 12 Inches 25cm - 30cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Alkaline Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Cut Flower
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Best used in landscapes.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers Rich, moist soil and full sun but also grows well in ordinary garden soil and part shade. This hardy selection is mildew resistant.

    Fun Facts: 
    • Growing monarda near tomatoes in the garden is said to improve the health and flavor of the tomatoes.

    • Monarda is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in some kinds of mouthwash.

    • Monarda didyma has a long his-tory of being used by some tribes of Native Americans as a medicinal plant to cure skin infections, minor wounds and even excessive cases of gas.
    'Pardon My Purple' Monarda didyma USPP 22,170, Can 5,101
  • 9 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Despite claiming this plant is mildew resistant, it is not. It looks like my entire plant has rotted out and away. How unfortunate. This is deceptive and you really shouldn’t be lying to people like this.

      Cody
      , New York
      , United States
      , 35 weeks ago
    • I purchased this from a local greenhouse, even though PW's website says no one has it for sale in my area. And a couple do. It also says it is mildew resistant. Well after a few weeks I noticed I had quite a bit of mildew on the plant. It's definitely NOT mildew resistant. I'm still waiting to see any buds. I hope the bees like it.

      Tom
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I've had this plant in my garden for the last 2 years. It is absolutely gorgeous! I've have not had any issues with mildew of any kind. It did great during the growing season. During the winter I pruned it all the way down to the ground. It is coming back more beautiful then ever!

      Rebecca Brown
      , California
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I love proven winner plants and I always have great success with them. But, not in this case! For a plant that is particularly supposed to be mildew resistant...ALL (7 plants) my plants got mildew with leaves that turned black and the whole plant seemed to die. Now in 2021 they are all coming up now in spring, so we'll see what happens to them this year. I never had that happen before. I really panicked because it seemed to spread to other plants like a plague. I sprayed horticultural oil on them but it did nothing. Any advice?

      Roxann Mrochko
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I believe this plant originated at the Experimental Farm. It is very hardy, vibrant purple in colour, and easy to grow. Every year I share isome roots with friends. I love it!

      Denise Kennedy
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 8 years ago
    • I believe this plant originated at the Experimental Farm. It is very hardy, vibrant purple in colour, and easy to grow. Every year I share isome roots with friends. I love it!

      Denise Kennedy
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 8 years ago
    • I believe this plant originated at the Experimental Farm. It is very hardy, vibrant purple in colour, and easy to grow. Every year I share isome roots with friends. I love it!

      Denise Kennedy
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 8 years ago
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