Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Monarda (mo-NAR-da) (Info) Species: didyma (DID-ee-muh) (Info) Cultivar: Raspberry Wine Hybridized by D. Probst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992
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
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: 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
On May 8, 2013, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:
I must keep this perennial in a sunken pot to control its tendency to run rampant in my rich soil. For years, its blossoms were marred by a small white worm that ate the blossoms from the inside out. I had no flowers despite trying hard to hand pick the pests once they showed themselves. I nearly gave up. Lately I have been pinching out the tips of each stalk early in the season, delaying flowering and thereby circumventing the appearance of the pests and achieving flowers a bit later than usual. I like the color and the fragrance, but it's not an easy plant.
On Jul 4, 2011, HamptonsGardener from East Hampton, NY wrote:
The blooms look good this year due to all the rain.Definitely does best in a moist, sunny site. Make sure to mix with other perennials so something carries the planting after the Monardas fade out. I planted among cone flowers, butterfly bush and daylilies.
On Jun 4, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I fell in love love love with this plant at work, I don't even have to bend down to appreciate this awesome bloom...LOL...I am adding it into my full sun area tomorrow in hope that it will just do its thang and reward me with awesome flowers and return power.
On Jul 1, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Raspberry wine beebalm is without a doubt the most beautiful beebalm plant ive ever had. it is not the hardiest variety as the first two years i had it,.. it was quite sickly..however it spreads more than any other variety i have including jacob's cline, and it's the most beautiful rose wine color i have in my garden, resembling my rose cleome and stare fire phlox in color..the only complaint i have is that they have become soo tall a couple have fallen over and have spread so fast after just 3 years that im gonna have to transplant a few already!! ..most beautiful monarda hands down!! mike.
On Jun 13, 2010, shortydingus from Tallahassee, FL wrote:
I planted this 3 years ago in my zone 8b garden and it has finally adapted to this area and opened the first flower after a solid week of ninety-plus degree days. It is in full sun and absolutely stunning. I give it no supplemental care.
Absolutely love this plant. Mine gets alot of double heads on it. I pinch back the front half for longer bloom time, but really don't need to do this as it blooms for quite a while. Does get a little powdery mildew even though says resistant. Still worth growing.
On Jul 31, 2006, Ordelia from Banner Elk, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:
Say what you want about powdery mildew resistance, but Monarda Raspberry Wine grows in full sun with beautiful results, even if it is a little defoliated. A little neem oil will eliminate the powdery mildew, if applied regularly.
This variety of Bee Balm is supposed to be resistant to powdery mildew, but my 'Raspberry Wine' (which I planted last fall) developed some today. However, it might be my fault. I think I have it planted in a bit too much shade and I haven't kept the soil constantly moist (which is supposed to discourage powdery mildew in Monarda). I'll move it this fall if I can find a more suitable space in my garden.
On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This gorgeous monarda is a clump-forming perennial that has raspberry flowers with dark green aromatic foliage. The leaves of Monarda can be used for teas and in salads. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to them, too.
‘Raspberry Wine’ can reach a height of 36"and has a spread of 24-36”. It blooms from July to August. It prefers partial sun.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Cullman, Alabama Indian Springs Village, Alabama Saint Florian, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Palmer, Alaska Fayetteville, Arkansas Stamford, Connecticut Delmar, Delaware Tallahassee, Florida Dacula, Georgia Griffin, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Caseyville, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Huntington, Indiana New Paris, Indiana Rossville, Indiana Ankeny, Iowa Tiffin, Iowa Derby, Kansas Princeton, Kansas Hebron, Kentucky Boston, Massachusetts Brockton, Massachusetts Hubbardston, Massachusetts Milton, Massachusetts Norton, Massachusetts Fridley, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska Ringwood, New Jersey East Hampton, New York Mahopac, New York Banner Elk, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina Greenville, North Carolina Taylorsville, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Beechwood Trails, Ohio Fort Jennings, Ohio Geneva, Ohio Madison, Ohio Perrysburg, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Salem, Oregon Allentown, Pennsylvania Brookhaven, Pennsylvania Roscoe, Pennsylvania Aberdeen, South Dakota Knoxville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Irving, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Aquia Harbour, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Mc Lean, Virginia Grandview, Washington Kalama, Washington Ridgefield, Washington Seattle, Washington (2 reports) Pleasant Valley, West Virginia Delavan, Wisconsin Oconto, Wisconsin