Botanical Name: Monarda fistulosa
Native: Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3–9
Plant Dimensions: 36″–48″ tall and about 18″–24″ wide
Variety Information: Pink to light-lavender, ¾”–1¼” florets are arranged in a whorl around a pincushion-like center, creating a 2″–4″ flattened pom-pom-shaped flower
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Bloom Period: Blooms summer to fall
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date or in late summer to fall.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 14 – 21 Days
Seed Depth: Surface to 1/16″
Seed Spacing: A group of 5 seeds every 18″–24″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 18″–24″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, cut stems when one ring of florets has opened. Change vase water often.