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Monarda didyma 'Dark Ponticum'

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

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Category:
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Aromatic

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral akilgore42 On Apr 5, 2010, akilgore42 from Spokane, WA wrote:

Positives: Pretty purple flowers, bergamot scented leaves that can be used for tea, very easy to grow

Negatives: Invasive, since they spread through the root. I planted 2 small plants several feet apart, and 2 years later they have completely taken over that entire area of the garden. They look kind of straggly as they grow taller. (I recommend planting them at the back of the border so other plants will hide the stems.) And mine are susceptible to powdery mildew, possibly due to over watering and/or poor circulation, which is hard to avoid when they grow so prolifically in a full sun garden with plants that need lots of water. I have tried them in other areas of the garden, but the powdery mildew develops there too. Some varieties are supposed to be more mildew resistant.

Regional...

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

Prattville, Alabama
Livonia, Michigan
Jordan, New York
Spokane, Washington



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