Monard double — (Monarda didyma) Sem. Labial.
Height 1.2-1.5 m. Stems branched, up to 1.2 m tall, serrated leaves, oblong-ovate. The flowers are surrounded by bracts, which visually increase the size of the flower. On one stem up to 9 inflorescences-heads (about 5 cm in diameter), each with 200 flowers. In 1 g about 1000 seeds. Germination is maintained for 3 years.
Coloring. The pink-lilac color of the flowers is inherent in the species, while the flowers of the varieties can be white, bluish or with shades of red and purple. Flowering time: July - early August.
Scent. The whole plant has an exotic aroma with notes of mint and citrus. For which sometimes it is called Bergamot.
Growing conditions. It prefers light, nutritious, calcareous soils; it does not grow on heavy, moist, acidic soils. Sunny or slightly shaded areas are suitable. Watering should be regular, which is especially important for seedlings and delenok. During the season, 2-3 fertilizing with mineral fertilizers is carried out.
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Fragrant species, varieties and forms. Currently, overseas monarda is a very popular ornamental plant. Its varieties are known: tall ‘Pawnee’ - light purple; mid-sized 'Beauti of Codham' - lilac pink, 'Blaustrompf - lilac,' Blue Stocking '- bluish,' Cambridge Scarlet '- red,' Elsie's Lavender '- lavender,' Praerienacht '- raspberry,' Schneewittche '- white,' Rouse Queen '- pink,' Kardinal ', and' Sunset '- purple; undersized ‘Petite Delight’ - raspberry, ‘Squaw’ - red. You can also grow another species - M. fistulosa (M. fistulosa), which is very similar to the monard bifida.
- Use in garden compositions. Single landings or as part of mixborders.
Related plants. Combined with hosta, daylily, and also perfectly complements the pink varieties of panicled paniculata in aroma and color.
Zykova V.K., Klimenko Z.K. - Fragrant flower beds.