Monarda didyma Sugar Buzz™ ’Cherry Pops’-Beebalm, Bergamot, Etc.

Monarda didyma Sugar Buzz™ ’Cherry Pops’ after I brought it home on 6-7-18, #455-17.

Beebalm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea, Horsemint

Monarda Sugar Buzz™ ’Cherry Pops’

Monarda didyma

mo-NAR-da   DID-ee-muh

Monarda didyma L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Monarda. Both the genus and species described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

The Monarda didyma Sugar Buzz™ series was patented by Walters Gardens


Monarda didyma Sugar Buzz™ ’Cherry Pops’ flower on 6-7-18, #455-18.

I bought two pots of Monarda Sugar Buzz™ ’Cherry Pops’ from Wildwood Greenhouse on June 7, 2018, while my sister and brother-in-law and I were plant shopping. 

Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Cultivar from Walters Gardens. The species is native to eastern North America.
Zones: USDA Zones 4-8 (° F)
Size: 20-22” tall x 18-24” wide
Light: Full sun to part shade, depending on location
Soil: Average to fertile well-drained soil
Water: Average. Prefers moist soil.
Flowers: Cherry red flowers in mid through late summer
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

Monarda don’t seem really that picky about their soil as long as it is well-drained (not a clay type). They do well in regular or fertile soil. As far as the species Monarda didyma is concerned, The Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder says: “Best grown in medium to wet, moisture-retentive soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, humusy soils in full sun, although some afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Soil should NOT be allowed to dry out.” (see link below).

Monarda species prefer the sun but are also tolerant of part shade. Information online says they seem to spread more quickly in a shadier spot.

Powdery mildew can be an issue with some Monarda. To help prevent this problem, they must have adequate air circulation, thin overgrown clumps, and keep the soil consistently moist. Dry soil promotes powdery mildew. There are mildew resistant cultivars, but I am not sure about this cultivar. 

I have a lot of Monarda fistulosa on the farm and my brother had a nice patch of some cultivar when I lived in Minnesota. Let year I bought a Monarda didyma plant from a local garden club plant sale, but it did not return this spring.

There isn’t a whole lot about growing this cultivar online yet, but I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by. There are several sources of this cultivar available online.

I put the two plants next to the steps on the north side of the house. They did OK but didn’t flower. The plants didn’t grow very well and stayed small… So, as a result, I didn’t even take any photos of them all summer.

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