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DESCRIPTION: This stunning variety grows up to four feet, producing deep violet flowers in mid summer on tall, strong stems; mildew resistant as well; great for massing along borders.
BOTANICAL NAME: Monarda didyma 'Blue Stocking'
OTHER NAMES: Bergamot, Oswego Tea
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 120 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Violet blue
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep 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, Rabbit Resistant
Blue Stocking Bee Balm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant violet flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season.
Blue Stocking 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:
Blue Stocking Bee Balm is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Blue Stocking Bee Balm will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 26 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 22 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 is a selection of a native North American species. 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.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.