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Pardon My Pink Beebalm

Category:

A petite form of bee balm that produces multitudes of striking true pink flowers in mid summer; this very compact form is mildew resistant as well; great for massing in the front of borders

Characteristics

Species:
didyma
Other Species Names:
Bergamot, Oswego Tea
Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
10 inches
Genus:
Monarda
Cultivar:
Pardon My Pink
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
8 inches
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Pardon My Pink Beebalm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant pink flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Pardon My Pink Beebalm is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Pardon My Pink Beebalm will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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