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'Pardon My Cerise' Bee Balm Monarda didyma

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
18" 12" 46cm 30cm
Height: 14" - 18"
Spread: 10" - 12"
Height: 36cm - 46cm
Spread: 25cm - 30cm
  • Details

    14 - 18 Inches
    10 - 12 Inches
    10 - 12 Inches
    36cm - 46cm
    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 dark cherry pink 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: 
    14 - 18 Inches 36cm - 46cm
    Spacing: 
    10 - 12 Inches 25cm - 30cm
    Spread: 
    10 - 12 Inches 25cm - 30cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Shade: 
    Dark cherry pink
    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: 
    Consistent
    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 Cerise' Monarda didyma USPP 29,234, Can 5,725
  • 5 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I ordered this plant in Sept. 2023. It arrived in a timely manner and in good condition, and after hardening off, transplanted well into a pot. It is growing well, sending out new shoots. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, and I constantly spray with neem oil.

      Aileen
      , California
      , United States
      , 32 weeks ago
    • Absolutely love this plant and the bee's love it. The color of the plant is beautiful and adds to the butterfly garden. Save the Bee's and Butterfly's.

      Gail Wentworth
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 40 weeks ago
    • Was disappointed that this monarda developed severe powdery mildew a week after I bought it, even though I planted it in full sun and it was on drip irrigation. I cut it back and it died. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to see it bloom.

      Marcy Satalich
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Bloomed all summer long and the blooms stayed bright and intact until the frost. I can't begin to describe the intoxicating smell of this plant I have to use all my will-power to not take a sniff every time I walk past it. The bees loved it almost as much as me.

      Farah
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 4 years ago
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