Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Plant details

Bergamot has distinctive flowerheads, each one consists of a large number of curving tubular flowers growing out from a central point, creating a shaggy dome of petals. The plant has a long flowering season, from early summer to early autumn, and blooms almost continuously if deadheaded periodically. Bergamot foliage is aromatic, and leaves are sometimes picked for pot-pourri. On soil that stays moist, plants can spread fairly quickly so clumps may need to be divided about every three years.

Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet' bears rich scarlet flowers from midsummer to early autumn. It's extremely attractive to bees. Grow plants in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch around plants with garden compost annually, and divide congested clumps in spring.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Monarda

Cultivar: Cambridge Scarlet

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews

welsh Dianne

Fantastic plant on so many levels - a real star in the garden.

thomas newby

planted mine last year, nothing grew at all must have done someyhing wrong but i dont know what,could you please help,and tell me what to do,many thanks. by the way i am a beginner.

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