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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive benzoin 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 RosemaryK 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.


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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