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Monarda ‘Prairie Gypsy’

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Monarda ‘Prairie Gypsy’ is a hybrid of Monarda bradburiana and an unknown parent. ‘Prairie Gypsy’ is a large plant that blooms in mid-June. This is later than M. bradburiana, but earlier than the M. didyma, M. fistulosa and their hybrids. Unfortunately, ‘Prairie Gypsy’ did not inherit powdery mildew resistance from M. bradburiana. It rated only fair in this category, but the leaves typically suffered very little in the way of yellowing or defoliation. This cultivar also has a somewhat lax habit during and after peak bloom.  The impressive quantity of small, grayish purple spent flower heads does extend the season of interest well beyond the bloom period.


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  • Common Name
    Prairie Gypsy bee balm  
  • Peak Bloom
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  • Peak flower coverage
  • Weeks in full bloom
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  • Width after three years
  • Powdery mildew resistance