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Monarda 'Purple Rooster'

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Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’ has the darkest, truest purple flowers of any cultivar in our trial. Its upright, rigid stems create a strongly vertical aesthetic while the dull green leaves have a rough, sand-papery texture. Because of these traits, ‘Purple Rooster’ does have a slightly different look compared most of the other bee balms. The impressive thing about ‘Purple Rooster’ is that no powdery mildew was ever observed on its foliage. This cultivar was selected by The Flower Factory in Stoughton, Wisconsin and named by the owners David and Nancy Nedveck. -Mt. Cuba Center

The darkest, truest purple flowers to come out of Mt. Cuba’s bee balm evaluations—this selection has upright rigid stems, strongly verticality, and a rough, sand-papery texture to its foliage. Very resistant to powdery mildew.

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Height

30-36 in

Spread

24-30 in

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

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Monarda 'Purple Rooster' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and average to moist soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Cut back the stems to the ground in late winter/early spring. Drought tolerant and mildew resistant.

Good Substitutions

beebalm Monarda x 'Judith's Fancy Fuchsia'
beebalm Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'
beebalm Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
beebalm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Summer
Summer

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Attributes
Edible
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Vegetative