Common Name: Bee Balm Monarda S.Buzz Blue Moon

Height: 20.0 Inches

Spread: 18.0-22.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8

Flower Color: Blue shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) or Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs or Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0) or Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)

Bloomtime: Midsummer or Late Summer

Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly

Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Cottage, Eclectic, Rain Garden

Other Features: Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Mass Planting

Origin: Native to North America

 

The members of the SUGAR BUZZ® Series from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program are perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border at 16-24” tall. All members in this series are similar in size, bloom time, and vigor, making it easy for growers to offer the entire series. In midsummer, they form a solid dome of color with their 2-2.5” flowers on strong, well-branched stems. The dark green foliage forms an upright clump with enough vigor to quickly fill out containers nicely but are not aggressive in the garden. As with all Monardas from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program, these display above average resistance to powdery mildew.

Lavender blue flowers are held by attractive purple bracts.A breakthrough, shorter height for this color.

Monarda is native to eastern North America, so it is easy to grow and it multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas.

 

Gardening Tips:

Monarda can be found naturally along riverbanks and enjoys this rich, organic, moist soil. However, it will grow in average soil as well. Full sun is best, but light shade is tolerated. Plants tend to spread more quickly in the shade, however.

Most monardas multiply rapidly either by underground stems or self-sowing. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.

Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem with monarda. Some varieties are more resistant to it than others. To prevent this fungus from appearing, large clumps should be thinned out so that the air circulates freely around them. The soil should also be kept consistantly moist; dry soil promotes powdery mildew.