Bradbury’s Monarda (Monarda bradburiana)

Bradbury’s Monarda (Monarda bradburiana)

This little known monarda is a fantastic addition to any garden. It’s short stature and slowly spreading clumps makes it perfect for garden borders. The foliage is attractive on its own, deep green with shades of maroon and purple in spring and fall. Pretty pink flowers turn into interesting round balls after blooming, providing year-round texture and interest.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium, Medium-Dry
Height:    2 feet
Blooms:    May, June, July
Color:    Pink
Spacing:    12-18″
Zones:    4-8
Benefits:    Pollinators, Hummingbirds

Design Tips

Short enough for borders. Also looks good when planted in short grasses such as Prairie Dropseed because it blooms before the grasses grow tall.

Companion Plants

Cream Wild Indigo
Wild Lupine
Prairie Dropseed
Prairie Phlox
Prairie Smoke