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Pink Supreme Beebalm

Monarda didyma 'Pink Supreme'

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Pink Supreme Beebalm (Monarda didyma 'Pink Supreme') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Monarda didyma 'Pink Supreme' flowers

Monarda didyma 'Pink Supreme' flowers

(Photo courtesy of V. Trattar)

Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Bergamot, Oswego Tea

Description:

A beautiful garden plant with hot magenta-pink flowers, great for borders and containers, attracts hummingbirds; this variety exhibits greater mildew resistance than others of this species

Ornamental Features

Pink Supreme Beebalm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant fuchsia flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Supreme Beebalm is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Pink Supreme Beebalm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pink Supreme Beebalm will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Pink Supreme Beebalm is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features