Monarda 'Beauty of Cobham' - BEEBALM 'BEAUTY OF COBHAM'

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Beebalm 'Beauty of Cobham' is clump-forming perennial with pale purplish-pink flowers and darker bracts. This variety will appreciate spot with good air circulation, because it can suffer with powdery mildew. Most hybrids won't attract as many pollinators, butterflies or hummingbirds, but you can still expect some visitors.

Aromatic, minty scented leaves, good cut flower. You can prolong blooming period by dead-heading.

Nice perennial for borders, cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, hummingbird gardens, rain garden, plantings along stream banks or for naturalizing.

Good perennial combinations include Asters, Baptisia, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Penstemon digitalis,Penstemon smalii, Ratibida pinnata, Phlox paniculata, Solidago, Veronicastrum, grasses etc.

The genus name, Monarda, is an honorary for Spanish botanist Nicholas Monardes (1493-1588) who published a book in several editions on medicinal plants of the new world. Native American used this plant for skin eruptions, to cure cold and fever.

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Blooming time : June/July to mid August

Size : usually 3’ tall x 1.5-2’ wide, spacing 1.5’

USDA zones : 4 to 8

Culture : full sun, half shade, the best in medium-moist to moist average garden soil or loamy soil. Is adaptable to heavier clay soil (but not waterlogged clay) and is also moderately drought tolerant.

Moisture Needs : medium-dry, medium, medium-moist, moist

Origin : garden origin, most of the cultivars are hybrids of two species - Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didima

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes / yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : hybrids usually don't attract the pollinators that much, but you can still expect some bumblebees, long-tongued bees and butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds : yes, but hybrid may not attract hummer that much

Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)