Bergamot

Monarda 'Scorpion'

Bergamot - Monarda  'Scorpion'

Common Name: Bergamot
Genus: Monarda
Cultivar: 'Scorpion'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.40 m (140 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

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

Whorls of vibrant reddish purple flowers surrounded by purple bracts from July to September and aromatic mid green leaves. This striking Bergamot is perfect towards the back of a sunny well-drained moisture retentive border. Disease resistant and taller than other varieties the tall purple stems must be supported with brushwood or canes before the flowers appear.

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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