Purple Rooster Bee Balm
The foliage releases a sweet mint scent when rubbed.
The flowers measure 2 to 3 inches across, very eye-catching and profuse in mid- and late summer. Their royal purple tones are fade-resistant, attracting every hummingbird, butterfly, and bee in the vicinity. And the aromatic foliage beneath the blooms releases a heavenly mint scent into the high summer air -- intoxicating!
Purple Rooster reaches 36 inches high and spreads about 24 to 26 inches wide in sun to light shade. It never needs staking, despite its height and great bounty of blooms. It multiplies quickly in favorable conditions. You will find it surprisingly low maintenance and always attractive.
This Bee Balm was selected in Wisconsin by plantsman David Nedveck and introduced in 2009. It has all the native vigor you would expect. Impervious to heat, humidity, and most pests and diseases, it is a sheer pleasure for the garden! Zones 4-9.
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Mid Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||3 ft|
|Plant Width||24 in - 2 ft 2 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Native|
|Bloom Color||Dark Purple|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|