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Monarda didyma 'Purple Rooster'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Species: didyma (DID-ee-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Rooster
Hybridized by Nedveck
Registered or introduced: 2009

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Ankeny, Iowa

Saint Louis, Missouri

Belton, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Spring, Texas

Bluemont, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
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0
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Positive

On May 17, 2014, benzoin from BLUEMONT, VA wrote:

I bought some purple roosters and jacob clines (another Monarda variety) for my 8 yr old and they seem to be doing very well! The leaves and everything else get wet everyday...we didn't know about the mildew factor but it doesn't seem to be a problem. The plants are in full sun during morning hours but in shade by mid afternoon.

The purple roosters have purplish leaves when young. Very nice colours!

Neutral

On Mar 13, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is supposed to be a newer cultivar, and mildew-resistent. Still, care is needed not to get the leaves wet when watering. The plant prefers moisture retentive soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. I can't rate it until I've grown it longer.