Fire Marshall is a beloved Monarda for its classic red color and significant resistance to powdery mildew fungus. In summer 2-3 ft. vertically situated foliage puts forth a multitude of firetruck red blooms that are beloved by pollinators. Their medium size makes them great for the middle to back of garden beds and for naturalistic settings. They work well in gardens with shades of orange, red and yellow, but can also add a splash of color to neutral shades or cool colored gardens. Monarda make great companion plants for other pollinator friendly flowers and look great situated among ornamental grasses.
Monarda is native to eastern North America, so it is a hardy plant that grows quickly, does well in a variety of soils and is easy to care for. The nectar in the flowers is a favorite of native pollinators. The foliage is aromatic, smells of crushed mint and can be used to flavor team or sparkling water.
|Bloom Color:||Classic firetruck red|
|Genus & Species:||Monarda ‘Fire Marshall’ PP 23286|
|Mature Height:||26 to 32 inches|
|Mature Spread:||18 to 23 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||14 to 18 inches|
|Planting Depth:||Plant even with soil line.|
|Planting Time:||Spring, summer, fall (water well in summer)|
|Soil Type:||Rich to average soil|
|Sun Exposure:||Full Sun preferred, tolerates shade|
|Zone:||4 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Monarda 'Fire Marshal' - Bee Balm
In the wild Monarda can be found along riverbanks and as a result prefers rich soil, but it will grow in average soil as well. Full sun is best, but it will tolerate light shade, where it will spread more quickly, but be less dense and have fewer blooms. Monarda reproduce rapidly through underground rhizomes. They will also respond well to deadheading. Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem is it is best to purchase a cultivar that has resistance, at New Blooms we only carry resistant cultivars because powder mildew is common. As an additional preventative measure plants should be thinned out when they become overly thick - increasing airflow and soil should be kept moist with supplemental watering and a yearly application of mulch.