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Monarda didyma Pink Lace

Shocking pink flowers over scented foliage

A magnet for bees and other insects in midsummer when the elegant pink, ruff-like flowers appear on tall stems for weeks. The rounded leaves have a fresh scent and the plant makes great ground cover.


Happiest in a border in part shade where it will spread slowly each year.


Best in moist soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made compost or well rotted manure is fine. Cut back old flower stems in spring when new leaves are spotted at the base of the plant.

Scented leaves give this plant the common name of Bergamot. A variety of the Bergamot family is used to flavour Earl Grey tea.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering July - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 40 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September