- Common Name(s):
- Horsemint, Purple bergamont
Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Members of the genus Monarda support the following specialized bees: Dufourea monardae, Perdita (Perdita) gerhardi, and Protandrena abdominalis. This plant is resistant to damage by deer and rabbits.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Plants are susceptible to powdery mildew, espeically in crowded gardens, but it is usually in the late season after flowering. Prune stems to increase air flow. Severe cases may require fungicidal sprays. In addition, if the soil is allowed to dry out, the stressed plants become increasingly susceptible to disease. Rust can also be a problem.
- 2-3 ft.
- Opposite leaves on square stem
- Fragrant, ragged cluster of reddish purple tubular flowers; purplish bracts
- Rich, moist, acidic soil; stream banks, thickets, ditches
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2664