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'Pardon My Purple' Bee Balm
Growing Zones: 4-9
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Mature Height: 10-15 in.
Mature Width: 18-24 in.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Blooms: Summer
Spacing: 18-24 in.
Botanical: Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Purple'
This plant thrives in the green shaded regions above.

'Pardon My Purple' Bee Balm

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Big Flowers, Compact Plant - and No Powdery Mildew!

Big, Beautiful Blooms on a Small, Compact Plant!
Amazingly Disease Resistant – No Black Leaves from Powdery Mildew!
Fragrant Foliage, and Flowers that Hummingbirds Love
Full-size 3-inch Blooms on a Neat, Compact Plant
Though this plant is petite, its blooms are full size – fully 2½ to 3 inches across! – and they look even bigger sitting atop the plant, which reaches only 10 to15 inches high. The lovely lilac-purple color is unusual for a Monarda, and it goes well with most anything else in your garden, whether it is pink, yellow, blue or red. And since the blooms are so numerous and sit right above the foliage, you will have an impressive show of color from midsummer till fall!
Disease-Resistant Foliage Stays Clean all season!
With its high resistance to powdery mildew, the healthy, dark green foliage looks as good at the end of the summer as it does at the beginning! It covers a plant that is not only petite, but is also vigorous, so it is bushy and full even though only 10-15 inches tall. It forms a clump that slowly spreads but never takes over. Such a welcome improvement over older varieties, with their rangy stems and mildew-prone leaves!
Attracts All Kinds of Wildlife!
Both foliage and flowers are fragrant, and the blooms are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, especially if you place several in a grouping. And what a pleasure on a summer afternoon to smell the spicy fragrance and see butterflies fluttering about your plants! Bees also love it (giving Bee Balm its name), and planting several in your garden will help provide food for our beleaguered honeybees. Then, if you leave the spent blooms at the end of summer, songbirds will forage on the seeds. Such a useful plant, as well as beautiful!
Growing Tips:
Easy to grow! Plant in moist but well-drained soil; adding composted leaf mold or humus to the soil will help with both moisture retention and drainage. It likes a spot with good air circulation, sunshine and plenty of water. After it is established, it will withstand drought, but blooms and foliage look best if given water during dry periods. In late fall, cut back stems to 6 inches.

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