SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. Pardon My Pink (don’t much care for the name, to be honest)  is a compact variety of monarda that makes for a rounded and well-proportioned specimen.Highly aromatic foliage (think Earl Grey tea) is characteristic of bee balm, as are the interestingly spiky flowers (here in a fetching lavender pink) that will enliven your garden from mid to late summer.  Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 12  in. 2 litre pot.

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Monarda Pardon My Pink was selected not just for its pleasingly compact size, but also because of its excellent resistance to mildew, which can be a problem for monardas in hot dry weather. In several years of growing this plant we have not had any issues with mildew, even in extreme heat such as the suimmer of 2018.

Monarda didyma, of which Pardon My Pink is a cultivar, is a plant native to North America; in the wild it grows in wooded areas and along the banks of streams, and in the garden it is pretty tolerant of position and soil. The genus name honours a 16th century Spanish physician and botanist Nicholas Monardes, while the species epithet means two-fold and refers to the paired nature of the stamens. Pardon My Pink is one of a series developed by the big US nursery Walter’s Gardens and was introduced to the market in 2014.

Monarda’s common name of bee balm refers to the former use of the plant resins to soothe bee stings. In the US the plant is also known as Oswego tea in reference to the leaves being used to infuse a tea by the Oswego native american tribe. Indeed, the aromatic leaves are still used today for teas and to dress salads. As for the name bergamot, that refers to the supposed similarity of the aroma of the flowers to the bergamot orange. And that’s where the Early Grey connection comes in.

Monarda Pardon My Pink is a hardy perennial with aromatic leaves and tubular lavender pink flowers in mid to late summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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