Bee Balm, Beebalm, Bergamot, Firecracker Plant, Horsemint, Mountain Mint, Oswego Tea
Monarda didyma 'Grand Parade'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Species: didyma (DID-ee-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Grand Parade
Additional cultivar information:(aka Acade)

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Hinesville, Georgia

Washington, Illinois

Albertville, Minnesota

Fargo, North Dakota

Lima, Ohio

Tyler, Texas

Newport News, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 13, 2015, crayondoom from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

I bought and planted three of these in 2014. I had a mildew problem due to the ridiculously long, cool, wet spring we had. All of my plants looked terrible all summer afterwards and I thought for sure nothing would survive the winter being so weakened. This year (2015) each plant had essentially doubled to tripled in size and spread like mad. I didn't realize it was part of the mint family and was prone to doing that. This is one I am going to dig up, plant this in a large pot, and sink it into the ground. Aside from that slight inconvenience it's a great plant.

Negative

On Oct 8, 2013, Aphthona from Fargo, ND (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very short-lived in Fargo, ND. Good thing I didn't wait another year to take the picture.

Positive

On Jun 6, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted this plant to attract bees to my pepper plants. I also just love the fact that it will be there for a couple of years, with minimal care.

Positive

On Jun 16, 2009, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Remains in a nice clump and performing well in half sun.