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Monarda 'Grape Gumball'

Grape Gumball Beebalm

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Description

Grape Gumball beebalm is developed from a native beebalm and grows to about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. As befits its name, it bears fragrant 2 to 2.5-inch bright magenta flowers in mid-summer. It was developed to be a more low-growing and neater clumping beebalm for smaller scale gardens.

Beebalm grows in sunny or partially shady areas. If you gently rub your finger across the leaf, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its fragrance, as beebalm is used to scent Earl Grey tea. Bright pompoms of flowers bloom in midsummer. Removing faded flowers will extend flowering. Beebalm is great for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden. It's easy to grow and adds a lot of color to your border. Cut the plant back at the end of the summer, maintain soil moisture during dry periods, and avoid crowding and overhead watering to minimize powdery mildew.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8