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Monarda didyma 'Fireball'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Species: didyma (DID-ee-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireball
Additional cultivar information: (PP14235)
Hybridized by Oudshoorn; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Crit On Jul 17, 2012, Crit from Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

If you have trouble with varmits eating your plants and vegetables, place some human hair around the base of the plant and up the plant, if so preferred. This will keep varmits away as they do not like the smell of humans. Works to keep squirrels from digging up bulbs. Keeps rabbits, squirrels and other varmits from eating plants. Your hairdresser will be happy to save clippings for you, or do what I do and keep a bag under your bathroom counter and put the hair you take out of your brush in there.

Positive kassy_51 On May 19, 2009, kassy_51 from Marinette, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Humming Birds love this plant.
And so do rabbits it seems, so it's not an invasive plant if you have rabbits running around. They ate off all of mine last year, and I'm only finding 5 of the plants coming back.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Little Rock, Arkansas
New Castle, Delaware
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Canton, Georgia
Calvert City, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Grand Blanc, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Rodeo, New Mexico
Rexford, New York
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Spring, Texas
Martinsville, Virginia
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marinette, Wisconsin
Pulaski, Wisconsin
Wittenberg, Wisconsin

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