Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'
bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'
'Cambridge Scarlet' is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump to 90cm in height, with aromatic, bronze-tinged, lanceolate leaves and terminal whorls of deep scarlet, two-lipped flowers
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Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Monarda can be annuals or clump-forming herbaceous perennials with aromatic, ovate leaves and terminal whorls of 2-lipped, tubular flowers from summer to early autumn
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How to grow
Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect from excessive winter wet and do not allow to dry out in summer. Lift and divide every three years.
Propagate by division in spring or root basal cuttings in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Prairie planting
- Flower borders and beds
Deadhead regularly then cut stems down to the ground in autumn
May be attacked by slugs
May be subject to powdery mildews
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