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MONARDA 'Petite Wonder'

Image of Monarda 'Petite Wonder' PP13149

James Burghardt

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

MONARDA 'Petite Wonder' PP13149

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Beebalm, Petite Wonder Beebalm

General Description

The pretty dwarf 'Petite Wonder' is a more clump-forming Monarda that produces bright clusters of light pink flowers in summer. It was bred at the Morden Research Centre, Morden, Manitoba, Canada and is a cross between the two species Monarda didyma and Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia.

This neat cultivar has dark shiny green leaves and is half the height of most garden beebalms. In summer it produces many radial clusters of showy pink flowers that draw hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Monarda foliage has a pungent smell that’s undesirable to browsing pests, like deer.

This Monarda prefers full sun and requires amply drained loam that is friable and on the sandy side. Most Monarda are highly susceptible to powdery mildew but this cultivar is resistant.

For visibility, grow 'Petite Wonder' near the front of the border as a specimen plant in groups of three or more. It is a good perennial for small gardens and for mid to late season flower color.

The parent species of 'Petite Wonder' tend to spread brashly, thanks to their vigorous rhizomes, but this cultivar is substantially less aggressive. Deadhead plants regularly to encourage continued bloom.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    9"-10" / 22.9cm - 25.4cm (10)

  • Width

    9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm (10)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No