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Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info)
Species: didyma (DID-ee-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gardenview Scarlet

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Unknown - Tell us

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
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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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7 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mluthercox On Aug 23, 2013, mluthercox from Baltimore, MD wrote:

The leaves of this plant make the best tea for treating severe stomach pain. It is absolutely the best I have ever used; it takes the pain away within minutes.
Would like to have a supply of it on hand. I don't garden. Does anyone have any?

Positive BlackEarthSquid On Jul 3, 2013, BlackEarthSquid from Black Earth, WI wrote:

Last year I planted "Gardenview Scarlet" and "Blue Stocking" Monarda next to each other. This year, the Scarlet has spread like mad - I'm going to have to divide it already. And the Blue Stocking is gone. I guess you could say this is a vigorous cultivar! No problems with mold here, my Monarda is in a sunny, well-ventilated garden patch.

Positive joan30157 On Mar 6, 2008, joan30157 from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love this plant. It does spread quickly. The hummingbirds adore this plant and are very territorial. There is a problem with mold in our hot humid summers but if cut back to the ground after blooming it will bloom again and the new growth has never been effected. We spend alot of evenings watching the hummingbirds in the beebalm.

Positive rparrny On Jul 3, 2007, rparrny from East Moriches, NY wrote:

I planted this several years ago in an area I wanted to naturalize. Everything got choked out except the bee balm which bloomed every year! This year I will transplant it to an area where I can enjoy it more. Nothing lifts your spirits more than seeing that red crown bloom! It is also used medicinally.

Positive Bellisgirl On Feb 7, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this plant for over five years now. I moved it twice before finding the perfect spot. Beautiful scarlet flowers that are a hummingbird magnet. Mine doesnt spread too much. It had a bad problem with mildew the first few years, but is now quite healthy. I found that it helps to keep the leaves as dry as posible, by watering only the roots, and to pluck off any sickly leaves at the first sign of mildew.

Positive ambersgarden On Jun 16, 2005, ambersgarden from Boyertown, PA wrote:

This spreads nicely... I have it in a corner of the garden just for the hummingbirds, so the more flowers the longer the hummers visit!

The japanese beetles attacked the plants and flowers last year, hopefully with my bag a bug, I can keep them away this year.

Neutral kerry_in_ky On Apr 9, 2005, kerry_in_ky from Dry Ridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted some of this last year. It does spread fairly quickly and contrary to the advertisement does get powdery mildew here in Kentucky (though not as bad as the lilacs I have).
With both of these issues I still had a hard time rating this one. It definately has a place in my garden, the flowers are striking and the bees love it.

Positive lynnsherbs On Jan 18, 2005, lynnsherbs from Zimmerman, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Here in Minnesota, I find that it is not invasive, although you do need to keep a real handle on it and remove any stray runners that you see and remove any stalks that fall to the ground for it will root and spread any way that it can! I've used it to make jelly, dried the flowers for arrangements and just plain enjoyed it. It always draws hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Give it enough moisture and an area where the air can move around it and mildew won't be a problem.

Neutral Magazinewriter On Apr 21, 2004, Magazinewriter from Bloomfield Hills, MI wrote:

Very very very invasive!!
I would rate it "positive" except that you have to divide it all summer long. Maybe I should replace my grass with this kind of bee balm!!
A big clump of red bee balm is a wonder to behold. It is so red you can see it from blocks away.
I did not have much success with purple bee balm. Red is the way to go.
Other people have trouble with mildew; I have found that, if you keep spaces in between the flowers, you decrease the chances for mildew.
My bee balm grows about 5 feet tall but does not need staking. I divide it every year and give it to everyone I know. You can divide it any old way. You cannot kill it.

Negative hotlanta On Jan 13, 2004, hotlanta from Lilburn, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The blossoms do attract butterflies, bees, and humming birds, but the leaves get a general, dusty mold on them that make the plants unattractive.

Neutral lupinelover On Feb 1, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Marketed as being resistant to mildew. The flower color is very good -- bright red.


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

Sacramento, California
Dallas, Georgia
Lilburn, Georgia
Oak Park, Illinois
Newburgh, Indiana
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Kingfield, Maine
Baltimore, Maryland
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Wayzata, Minnesota
Zimmerman, Minnesota
Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Winchester, New Hampshire
Averill Park, New York
East Moriches, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fargo, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Findlay, Ohio
Lancaster, Ohio
Strongsville, Ohio
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Morristown, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Murchison, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Hampton, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Wheeling, West Virginia
Black Earth, Wisconsin
Cameron, Wisconsin
Waterloo, Wisconsin

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