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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Monarda

Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet' combined with Achillea 'Parker's Variety'

I love monardas not only because their interesting flowers but their scent too. This genus consists of about 16 species of erect herbaceous plants and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. They may be annual or perennial. Some of them are up to 1.5 m high but there are also dwarf cultivars like the one I have - Monarda 'Petite Delight'.
Monarda 'Gardenwiev Scarlet' - one of the best scarlet red Monarda, flowers July to September. Very mildew resistant.

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In all species, the leaves, when crushed, exude a spicy, fragant oil. The leaves are slender and long, placed opposite on the stem and have slightly serrated margins.
Monarda prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil. The clumps should be divided every three years to encourage new growth, reduce spread and keep the plant in a good condition. They attract bees.

Monarda ' Beauty of Cobham' - good, old variety.
They can be propagated by hardwood or softwood cuttings, root cuttings or division. Seeds need stratification and can be sown immediately in a cold frame. Cut the flowers after flowering to encourage the new flowers.

Monarda 'Petite Delight' - 50 cm tall;

Monardas and Echinacea purpurea

2 comments:

  1. What an informative post. I did not know that Mondara should be divided every three years.

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  2. Monarda spread well with running roots just below the surface. It may be a bit invasive. So, division keeps the plant within the place and, besides, maintain the vigour, good appearance and plant health. It is the common thing with most perennials.

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