Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'
Family: Lamiaceae, Mint;
Common name: Beebalm, Oswego Tea, Bergamot, Horsemint.
Zone 4 to 9.
Full sun to part shade, it will spread faster with afternoon shade;
Plants reach 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, clump-forming perennial.
Growth rate: moderate to fast; and perhaps aggressive in southern zones.
Vibrant scarlet red flowers top the stout, square stems of this monarda from midsummer to early fall. It has demonstrated a high resistance to mildew. 'Gardenview Scarlet' was selected from the Chicago Botanic Garden's Plant Evaluation Program as an outstanding perennial for Midwest gardens.
Monarda tolerates most soil conditions, but will grow best in organic, medium-to-wet, moisture-retentive soils in full sun to part shade. Soil should not be allowed to dry out, beebalm is not drought tolerant. Beebalm does well in full sun or partial shade. Plants multiple rapidly by underground rhizomes, faster with shade, but will flower more in the sun. Division of plants every three to four years, in the spring, will keep them healthy and vigorous.
Landscape uses: borders, naturalized gardens, bee, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, wild or native plant garden, meadow, herb garden, naturalized planting or along ponds or streams. Attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, particularly in mass plantings. Monarda has a long summer bloom season, removing spent blooms will prolong bloom cycle. Deer resistant. A clump-forming member of the mint family member, the serrated, aromatic leaves smell like mint when crushed; and its wonderful for cut flowers.