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Monarda austroappalachiana ‘Snowbird’

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Mt. Cuba Center first received ‘Snowbird’ as a white-flowered variant of Monarda bradburiana. However, during the course of the trial we learned that it was in fact a newly named species called Monarda austroappalchiana. The cultivar name may be unnecessary because M. austroappalachiana, unlike M. bradburiana, typically has white flowers. This species does share other similarities with eastern bee balm, such as excellent powdery mildew resistance, a short height, and early bloom time. Unfortunately, both species are also quite floppy. ‘Snowbird’ also suffered from an overall lack of vigor which reduced both its floral display and foliage quality.


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    Snowbird Southern Appalchian bee balm  
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  • Width after three years
  • Powdery mildew resistance