Monarda didyma Blue Stocking

Blue Stocking Bee Balm

 

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Blue Stocking Bee Balm is a vibrantly colored violet-blue Monarda, blooming for several months beginning in mid-summer.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Native
Edible
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40"
4050
40 to 50"
Bloom Time Mid-summer to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLZ251

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'Blue Stocking' Bee Balm is an excellent cultivar selected for its brightly colored flowers that bloom in mid- to late summer. The strikingly colored bright violet-blue flowers provide ample nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees. Monarda dydima Blue Stocking is a perennial with a long season of bloom and resistance to powdery mildew. The flowers are edible and can be used raw in salads.
SKU HBLZ251
Common Name Blue Stocking Bee Balm
Botanical Name Monarda didyma Blue Stocking
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid-summer to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Native, Edible, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda) is a showy and vigorous old-fashioned garden perennial that blooms in summer. Bee Balm is, as the name suggests, “bee friendly,” deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The varieties we carry are highly resistant to powdery mildew.

  • Plant Bee Balm in full sun (or part shade in hot summer climates).
  • This plant enjoys moist and fertile garden soil.
  • Mulch and water regularly. Water Bee Balm if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Fertilize once annually in fall or spring with a top dressing mixture of Yum Yum Mix and compost.
  • Divide the plants in fall every few years to keep them vigorous.

If you have particularly challenging gardening conditions (hot humid summers, periodic drought, or cold winters--as low as USDA zone 4), we recommend planting Mondarda fistulosa or Monarda 'Peter's Purple' (USDA zone 6) which grow easily in most soil types, including clay. The cold hardy zone 4 varieties are excellent for fall planting.


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Nice but not very purple.

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Monarda didyma Blue Stocking:

    Liked plant but it developed powder mildew and had to be cut back. Plant started to re-grow but has started to get the powder mildew as well. My spraying hasn't worked and it looks bad with it on the leaves.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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