Botanical Name - Monarda didyma ‘Leading Lady Plum'
Common Name - Bee Balm
Description - This sweet and petite perennial is perfect for the front of your flower border, where it will create a colourful edge of purple flowers in spring, summer and autumn. Bees & Butterflies adore it! All Monardas are native to North America. Monarda didyma in nature is from the area from Maine to Michigan and into North Carolina. Breeding with the wild forms from selections made from their home range has resulted in new breeding. A Proven Winners selection
Flower Time – Plum purple flowers which are open carnation like blooms in summer and autumn. The flowers are approximately 5cm in diameter.
Size - New compact variety growing to 25cm high x 20-30cm wide.
Use - Ideal for front borders and mixed garden beds. Can be put into larger pots for sunny patios. Great for cut flowers. Growing near tomatoes in the garden is said to improve the health and flavour of the tomatoes. Monarda is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in some kinds of mouthwash. Monarda has a long history 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.
Position - Prefers full sun to part shade
Maintenance - Thrives in a variety of soil types but performs best in fertile, well-drained soils. Requires cooler winters to initiate flowering.
At a Glance
- Full sun
- Frost hardy
- Colourful display
- Attracts butterflies