Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson

Scarlet Monardella, Hummingbird Trumpet Mint

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).
Zones6 - 10
Easy To Grow
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pest / Disease Resistant
Low Maintenance
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height3-4" tall
Mature Spread6-8" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late spring
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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  • 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.
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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.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Scarlet Monardella, Hummingbird Trumpet Mint
Botanical Name
Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
3-4" tall
Mature Spread
6-8" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring
Ships As
Potted Plant
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)
Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Pest / Disease Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Groundcover, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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