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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 1, 2017 7:17 AM CST
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.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 1, 2017 8:44 AM CST
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.
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 1, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Thanks Gary that's what I'm looking for, hands on experience. Smiling
Name: Bob
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NJBob
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.
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Jul 5, 2017 4:26 PM CST
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.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Jul 5, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Bob, Tina, thanks for your replies. I may try both monarda but Purple Rooster is at the top of the list. Smiling
Name: Rj
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Jul 6, 2017 8:18 PM CST
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 11, 2017 5:24 PM CST

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Here is Purple Rooster this year.



Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 15, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Thanks Bob, that's definitely what I'm looking for. Thumbs up
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jul 15, 2017 7:50 PM CST
There's also a Peter's Purple Bee Balm I've seen that's nice...I'd love to get some of that, too!
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 15, 2017 8:44 PM CST
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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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 15, 2017 9:20 PM CST
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.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 15, 2017 9:21 PM CST
While shopping yesterday, I saw some stunning pink monarda varieties. I didn't buy them then but regret that now.
Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jul 16, 2017 9:13 PM CST
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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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Oct 10, 2017 4:55 AM CST
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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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Oct 10, 2017 10:13 PM CST
Thanks Tina that is a great comparison. I ordered a Purple Rooster from Bluestone so I expecting good things next yr!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Oct 22, 2017 4:04 AM CST
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.
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Oct 26, 2017 9:59 AM CST
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.
Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
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...

Bee Balm (Monarda 'Peter's Purple')
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
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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