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Monarda 'Mahogany'

Mahogany Beebalm

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Description

Mahogany beebalm grows to about 2-3 feet high and around 1-2 feet wide and has dark red flowers during mid-summer. As part of a multi-year evaluation of beebalms held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Mahogany beebalm was found to have 3 inch blossoms covering 40-60% of the plant for about 6 weeks from early to midsummer. It had very poor mildew resistance and some winter injury was observed. Overall it received a poor evaluation for growing in Chicagoland conditions.

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. Bright pompoms of flowers bloom in midsummer, and 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 back at the end of the summer, maintain soil moisture during dry periods, and avoid watering directly onto foliage to minimize powdery mildew.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August
Bloom Color
Red, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
3 - 7