Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'
Monarda 'Fireball'

Monarda 'Fireball'

"Red bergamot"

Monarda 'Fireball'

1 bare root — £2.48

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Description

Blooming in a shade of vibrant crimson which is sure to make your eyes pop, it’s hard to miss Monarda 'Fireball' when it’s in full bloom! Also known as Bergamot, you may be familiar with the fresh and zesty fragrance which emits from the aromatic leaves on sunny summer days. Just run your hand through them and let the refreshing scent of Earl Grey tea fill the air!

Monarda’s other common name is Bee Balm and is known for its amazing crown-like flowers which provide generous helpings of nectar for bees and other pollinators. If you’re gardening with wildlife in mind, this bee-magnet is a real winner. Fully hardy and reliable, you can plant Monarda 'Fireball' in your borders and expect an easy, low maintenance show, year after year.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Monarda 'Fireball'

  • Flower colour

    Red

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Monarda 'Fireball' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Red bergamot" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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