DESCRIPTION: This variety forms a dense mound of lavender-purple flowers on well branched, strong stems, over lush dark green foliage that has an excellent resistance to powdery mildew; perfectly suited...
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DESCRIPTION: This variety forms a dense mound of lavender-purple flowers on well branched, strong stems, over lush dark green foliage that has an excellent resistance to powdery mildew; perfectly suited for the middle of borders.

BOTANICAL NAME: Monarda 'Blue Moon'
OTHER NAMES: Bergamot, Oswego Tea
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 50 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Lavender purple
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Moist
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Birds, Bee Friendly, Border, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Blue Moon Bee Balm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant lavender pincushion flowers with blue overtones and purple bracts at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Blue Moon Bee Balm is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Blue Moon Bee Balm is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Blue Moon Bee Balm will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Blue Moon Bee Balm is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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