Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson

Scarlet Monardella

 

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A dazzling selection of this California native wildflower species, 'Marian Sampson' (commonly known as Scarlet Monardella) has clusters of brilliant red, tubular flowers held over low mats of dark green, shiny leaves. Blooming in late spring it is certain to attract hummingbirds. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Regular Price: $7.99

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good for Containers
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU HBL2X21

Details

3-4" tall x 6-8" wide. A dazzling selection of this California native wildflower species, Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson' (commonly known as Scarlet Monardella) has clusters of brilliant red, tubular flowers held over low mats of dark green, shiny leaves. Blooming in late spring it is certain to attract the hummingbirds. This little gem is great for a rock garden or in a container. Easy-to-grow, it needs sharp drainage and infrequent summer water. While short-lived, it makes up for it by being exceptionally showy and exotic. Introduced into the trade by Ed Sampson of the Mourning Cloak Ranch in Tehachapi, CA and named it in honor of his late wife, Marian. Horticulturist Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens, praised this plant in a blog article Mandala mint revisited...some more glimpses of a spectacular native plant.
SKU HBL2X21
Common Name Scarlet Monardella
Botanical Name Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 3-4" tall
Mature Spread 6-8" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Good for Containers, Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensMonardella macrantha Marian Sampson
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Healthy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Master gardener (6), Avid gardener (3)
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    • Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic among flagstone

We live in Zone 5 (Boulder County, CO) and planted 2 last spring in a small open patio of flagstone. I figure I'd grow them as annuals when I saw they are Zone...Read complete review

We live in Zone 5 (Boulder County, CO) and planted 2 last spring in a small open patio of flagstone. I figure I'd grow them as annuals when I saw they are Zone 7. We had beautiful blooms for a prolonged period, and then they stayed green all winter! What a lovely surprise. We plan to buy more!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can't take the heat. Perhaps

I bought a number of these from different nurseries. They all died during the summer. I paid particularly attention to them but none of them established. I'm guessing our climate was too warm...Read complete review

I bought a number of these from different nurseries. They all died during the summer. I paid particularly attention to them but none of them established. I'm guessing our climate was too warm for it.

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5.0

Hardier than it looks

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from Burns, OR

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

    The winter of 2016/2017 was brutal with nearly four full months of our entire yard covered in snow up to six feet deep. Seriously doubted this wispy looking plant would survive, but it not only survived, it has grown and thrived this year, with the added bonus of blooming twice! It is in one of my rock gardens and has lent itself well to hanging over some rocks near the edge, the stems turn an point upward so nothing is obscured. I highly recommend this plant for high elevation, cold climate gardens.

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    4.0

    A striking and colorful addition

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    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Colorful

    Cons

    • Slow to flourish
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

    A beautiful and colorful addition to my xeric garden. Flowers are huge in comparison to the modest foliage. My plant took a while to get growing and was not particularly robust, but I hope it will gain size and strength in the next growing season. Would recommend.

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    5.0

    Fantastic among flagstone

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    from Erie, CO

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

      We live in Zone 5 (Boulder County, CO) and planted 2 last spring in a small open patio of flagstone. I figure I'd grow them as annuals when I saw they are Zone 7. We had beautiful blooms for a prolonged period, and then they stayed green all winter! What a lovely surprise. We plan to buy more!

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      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Wouldn't purchase again

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      from Washington State

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      Pros

      • Attractive

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

      I kept this plant in pots due to the hot summer in WA ~ only 2 of the plants I ordered gave me any flowers and they didn't last long. Dried up even though I kept them watered.
      Was disappointed.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      did not survive

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      from Huntington Beach, CA

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

      One bloomed. One died months before the second one. I had them planted in my drought tolerant garden.

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      3.0

      okay

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      from Durango, Colorado

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

          They did well but were not very showy, maybe next year they will do better. They are in the front border

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super Fast Bloomer!

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          from Pima, AZ

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
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            Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

            It was totally amazing! I ordered two from HCG that were delivered very quickly. I planted, mulched and fertilized the day after they arrived. I was astounded to see one of them blooming the very next day and the second one shortly thereafter. I couldn't believe that these tiny plants could produce such large red flowers so quickly!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Can't take the heat. Perhaps

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            from Amarillo, TX

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

            I bought a number of these from different nurseries. They all died during the summer. I paid particularly attention to them but none of them established. I'm guessing our climate was too warm for it.

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            • Personal

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Pretty Little Plant

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            from Diamond Springs, CA

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

              I planted these some distance from the house. Now I'm sorry I put them so far away. It needs to be up front in the landscape. It is very striking for such a small plant. Amazingly enough, neither the gophers nor the deer ate them. The gophers pushed one out of the ground, so I pushed it right back in. No problem, they're healthy and doing fine.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great choice for a hot, sunny spot

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              from Weatherford, TX

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Multiplying
              • Survivor
              • Unusual

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Naturalizing
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson:

                I hoped that this tall plant would do well in a hot, sunny spot in my Texas garden. It needed a year to get going, but the second summer it looked great and what's coming up this spring looks wonderful. Shortly after planting, I traveled to Iowa for some cycling and saw thousands of Monarda along the trail. Wildflower or weed? Who cares; I don't think it's native to Texas but it sure is working well for me.

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