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Monarda 'Peter's Purple'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Cultivar: Peter's Purple

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mojogirl On Jun 3, 2013, mojogirl from College Station, TX wrote:

Stuck this in the ground last year and for a year it just kinda hung around, not really doing anything, only a few blooms and only getting a couple feet tall. Well, the growing pains are over and this monarda is splendid! It readily self-seeds without being too invasive, tolerates wet, dry, sandy, clay, whatever situation you put it in. Mine is nearly 6 feet tall with no signs of slowing down and completely covered in blooms. While thinning it out yesterday I was dive-bombed by hummingbirds who have flocked to this plant.

Positive mcrousse On Sep 16, 2009, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This monarda gets really tall when happy. 5 feet is not an overstatement, but it never flops. I have seen no powdery mildew here in the humid hot southeast and much less spreading that you get with the typical monarda. It has not become an invasive thug, so that has made me happy. The bees and hummers love it, of course. This is the ONLY monarda I will plant.

Positive blueflower19 On Apr 15, 2009, blueflower19 from Lufkin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted peter's purple a year ago and it has done very well. Some spreading, but has not been invasive. It died to the ground in about december, but almost immediately began re-sprouting and remained a few inches tall until about the first of march when it really started putting on height. I look forward to planting more.

Update 6/2009: Posted new photo - this is peter's purple in May 09 and has been in the ground a little over a year. Right now it is about 4.5 - 5 ft tall.


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

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
College Station, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Lufkin, Texas

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