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Monarda media

Common Name(s):
Purple bergamont
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:

Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Members of the genus Monarda support the following specialized bees: Dufourea monardaePerdita (Perdita) gerhardiand Protandrena abdominalisThis 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.

Season:
Summer
Height:
2-3 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite leaves on square stem
Flower:
Fragrant, ragged cluster of reddish purple tubular flowers; purplish bracts
Site:
Rich, moist, acidic soil; stream banks, thickets, ditches
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
rabbits, hummingbird, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, deer resistant, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2664

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