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Jul 1, 2017 7:17 AM CST
Name: Kabby
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I'm looking for a darker purple bee balm, not lavender or pink. I know pictures are deceiving with color so I'm wondering if anyone grows this and has pictures.
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Jul 1, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
I don't have pics, but take a look at "Purple Rooster" The one I have looks more purple than the images I was able to find.
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Jul 1, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Gary that's what I'm looking for, hands on experience. Smiling
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Jul 1, 2017 7:51 PM CST
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Here is link to my purple rooster in the database.

I do not know if I would call it dark purple, but it nice.
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Jul 5, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
I grow both Purple Rooster and Blue Stocking. Initially blooms are nearly the same mid purple. But the Rooster's blooms age to a rich dark purple, and it has never had powdery mildew, ever. Even planted next to Blue Stocking, which is covered with it every year.


Purple Rooster with Crocosmia Lucifer in my garden.
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Jul 5, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Bob, Tina, thanks for your replies. I may try both monarda but Purple Rooster is at the top of the list. Smiling
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Jul 6, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jul 11, 2017 5:24 PM CST
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Here is Purple Rooster this year.

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Jul 15, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Bob, that's definitely what I'm looking for. Thumbs up
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Jul 15, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Name: Larry
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There's also a Peter's Purple Bee Balm I've seen that's nice...I'd love to get some of that, too!
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Jul 15, 2017 8:44 PM CST
Name: Kabby
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Dang Larry, I just got an order from Almost Eden 3 weeks ago and they have the Peter's Purple. Their photo is more purple, others look more pinkish.
@Patty has Monarda Sugar Buzz Grape Gumball that I have been seeing on Google. Patty has yours bloomed yet? I see that it is new this yr for you. It looks pretty darn purple too! Drooling
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Jul 15, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
I hand watered a few things this evening, after a scorching day with a breeze. Purple Rooster was nearby. I would definitely call it purple.
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Jul 15, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
While shopping yesterday, I saw some stunning pink monarda varieties. I didn't buy them then but regret that now.
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Jul 16, 2017 9:13 PM CST
Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Hi Kabby ~ no, mine hasn't bloomed yet - and it looks like the slugs have been snacking on it Thumbs down
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Oct 10, 2017 4:55 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
I did manage to find a photo with both Blue Stocking and Purple Rooster. Had to crop and the photo quality is poor, but you can better see the difference in color. Blue Stocking on the left, Purple Rooster on the right
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Oct 10, 2017 10:13 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Tina that is a great comparison. I ordered a Purple Rooster from Bluestone so I expecting good things next yr!
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Oct 22, 2017 4:04 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Kabby, Purple Rooster will be the right choice.
I have Blue Stocking and it is neither blue or purple for me.
I was very disappointed.
Take care when ordering from the web. Images are often doctored and not what they seem.
I always check the Plant List to see the desired plant in a real garden.
Good luck ,sounds like a nice project.
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Oct 26, 2017 9:59 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
The pictures I shared are from my own garden. Both are purple here, in clay soil with the only addition being alfalfa pellets flung about every month or so. Got the Blue Stocking from Dogwoodritter on Ebay and the Purple Rooster from Hirts.
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Feb 17, 2018 8:35 AM CST
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For a purple Monarda I would recommend 'Peter's Purple'. It's the most purple Beebalm I've ever grown...

Beebalm (Monarda 'Peter's Purple')
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Feb 17, 2018 8:40 AM CST
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I also grow a short Monarda that only gets about 7 or 8 inches tall, but they are a very dark purple. Unfortunately, I do not know the cultivar, as it was a gifted plant.

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