Monarda didyma

Several people asked about the new header. It shows the first flower in a large stand of native Monarda didyma (Scarlet bee balm). Even in early winter I could notice its minty aroma. Hummingbirds have already been visiting the garden. They should become more frequent as Monarda continues to open.

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet beebalm)

19 thoughts on “Monarda didyma

  1. johnvic8

    I’ve not grown monarda for many years because I had read it was so invasive. Have you had that problem with yours? It is indeed a beautiful plant.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s easy to pull out. Mine is in a contained border and it has taken over quite a large portion of it. I also have columbine there which does the same thing! But first the columbine blooms and as it finishes the beebalm shoots up and takes over. Powdery mildew is a problem.

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  2. mattb325

    Beautiful – the first time I ever saw it was in a nearby botanic garden and I was smitten. The buzzing of thousands of bees around it was what first alerted me to it….and then scent – just lovely!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Matt. I hope the bees will enjoy this monad–I’ve seen more around the garden this year over last year. The scent is refreshing.

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  3. Cathy

    It is a lovely flower and I do like the smell too. I think it’s just too dry in my garden as I have tried to grow it but it just succumbs to mildew every year. Yours looks so healthy Susie! Hope you get lots of beautiful creatures attracted to it!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I hope the creatures like it too. I think it is supposed to be drought tolerant, etc., but I find most things really do better with water. (Mine gets mildew also.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, and already I’m seeing mildew on Verbena Bonariensis. There’s been scarcely any rain so it must be from the small amount of hand-watering I’ve done.

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  4. bittster

    Beautiful closeups of a beautiful plant. I wish the foliage didn’t go downhill so rapidly after blooming, my hot dry yard does not help with this at all….

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I would call Monarda very aggressive in my garden. It spreads a lot, but it’s pretty easy to pull out when it strays too far. I’ve allowed it to take over more than is probably reasonable, but it keeps me from having to plant anything else there and hummingbirds and bees are so happy with it.

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