Bergamot (syn. Snow Maiden)

Monarda 'Schneewittchen'

Bergamot (syn. Snow Maiden) - Monarda  'Schneewittchen'

Common Name: Bergamot (syn. Snow Maiden)
Genus: Monarda
Cultivar: 'Schneewittchen'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Whorls of wonderful long-lasting tufted white flowers surrounded by a ruff of green bracts appear from July to September above pointed aromatic mid-green leaves. This elegant bergamot associates well with other late-flowering perennials such as Achillea and Veronicastrum or with ornamental grasses. It looks gorgeous planted en masse in the middle of a sunny, moisture-retentive herbaceous border where it will be smothered with butterflies and bees during the flowering period.

  • Garden care: Most monardas can be capricious and do not like soil that is either too damp or too dry. These plants are susceptible to powdery mildew and while this rarely causes long-term damage it can look unsightly towards the end of the summer. You can help reduce this by applying a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around each plant. Resist cutting bergamot back in autumn since the stiff vertical stems look good all winter.

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