What’s not to love about the ‘Leading Lady Amethyst' Monarda? This flowering beauty has light amethyst flowers with contrasting dark spots on the oblong petals. The petals surround purple styles that provide additional color and texture. This plant is a Monarda hybrid, and it blooms from early to mid-summer. Also known as Bee Balm or Bergamot, this plant is clump-forming which means it keeps a relatively compact footprint and can easily be propagated through division.
Bee Balm is native to North America, and it is known for fragrant flowers and foliage. This plant makes an excellent filler in containers and borders, it can be used in landscape and mass plantings, and it is also great to use as cut flowers. As the name Bee Balm implies, this plant attracts bees, along with hummingbirds and butterflies. ‘Leading Lady Amethyst' Monarda grows as a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 8.
Leading Lady Amethyst Bee Balm Care
Monarda is adaptable and can handle part sun or full sun. This plant will thrive with at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight, and it will not mind if it receives more. Bee Balm has high water needs, so give the plant a drink before the soil dries out, and remember that container-grown plants will dry out sooner and need water more often. Monarda prefers rich, fertile soil with a pH of 6.5 to 8.0. Amend the soil with compost or manure when planting and top dress the soil with organic material in the spring. Feed the plant in the spring using a balanced fertilizer.
Deadhead the plant, or remove spent flowers to promote more blooms. Once established plants reach 1 foot tall, you can pinch back new growth, encouraging the plants to spread out and cover a wider area. Trim back in the fall to prepare for winter.
Leading Lady Amethyst Bee Balm Spacing
Monarda is a short plant that grows 10 to 14 inches tall but can spread out to cover an area 22 to 28 inches wide. When planting, space plants 22 to 28 inches apart, so as they fill in, they will create a lush wall of flowers.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.