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These are the stars of my summer garden, attracting hummers several times a day. The double headed flowers have beautiful deep raspberry pink spurs surrounding a dark daisy-like center. The leaves have an extremely pleasant aroma when brushed against. Plant near a garden bench so you may see the hummers closely in action. This particular Bee Balm is resistant to powdery mildew, but all varieties have seen some in my garden. They are reliable bloomers and naturalize very well, giving you years of enjoyment. Very little care is needed for these beauties, they are very hardy.
Name: Monarda Didyma
Special Attributes: attracts hummingbirds & bees
Bloom: deep pink, summer through fall
Foliage: green aromatic
Habit: upright, underground runners
Zone: 4 - 9
Exposure: full to part sun
Soil: average, well drained
Care: dead head for prolonged bloom
Award: RHS Award of Garden Merit & top honors at the Chicago Botanical Gardens
You will be receiving a young division from a pint-size pot, ready for transplant. My plant divisions typically have 2 - 3 stems or rosettes.