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Monarda 'Fireball' (Bergamot 'Fireball' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Monarda 'Fireball'

Other names

Bergamot 'Fireball' , Bee balm 'Fireball'

Genus

Monarda Monarda

Variety or Cultivar

'Fireball' _ 'Fireball' is a compact, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with ovate, toothed, pointed, aromatic, dark green leaves and, from summer into early autumn, erect stems bearing whorls of two-lipped, red to reddish-purple flowers.


Monarda 'Fireball' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves are aromatic.

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Erect flower stem, Upright

Flower

Reddish-purple in Summer; Reddish-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Lift and divide every three years. Deadhead regularly. Cut stems to the ground in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings


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Where to grow

Monarda 'Fireball' (Bergamot 'Fireball' ) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Protect from winter wet. Do not allow to dry out in summer.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Monarda 'Fireball'

Other names

Bergamot 'Fireball' , Bee balm 'Fireball'

Genus

Monarda Monarda

Variety or Cultivar

'Fireball' _ 'Fireball' is a compact, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with ovate, toothed, pointed, aromatic, dark green leaves and, from summer into early autumn, erect stems bearing whorls of two-lipped, red to reddish-purple flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves are aromatic.

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Erect flower stem, Upright


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple in Summer; Reddish-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Lift and divide every three years. Deadhead regularly. Cut stems to the ground in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Monarda 'Fireball' (Bergamot 'Fireball' ) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Protect from winter wet. Do not allow to dry out in summer.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Monarda 'Fireball' (Bergamot 'Fireball' )

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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