Stocking's name is a little misleading- the flowers are by no means
considered to be in the blue range, they are however a very nice
shade of violet-purple that is unique in Bee Balms. The nectar rich
blossoms are a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies who literally
zoom in and out of the garden once they discover the plants.
Blue Stocking has proven to be more heat and drought tolerant
than other forms of Monarda and stands up well even it miserable
humidity. The foliage has that same sweet mint smell that
is adored by gardeners who are familiar with Bee Balm. Very
easy to grow and highly recommended.
Plant in full sun and provide a rich well drained
soil. Plants can be grown in partial shade but flowering will
decline. Fertilize in early spring with a top dressing of composted
manure and bone meal. Liquid feed once in the summer with fish
emulsion or a compost tea. Provide plants with extra water
during prolonged dry spells. Deadheading will promote longer flowering.
Divide Monarda plnats every three years to keep them healthy and
Zone: 4 - 9
Height: 24" - 36"
Light: full sun
Soil: rich well drained
Size Shipped: 4.5" pot
Culture Guide Explained