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Monarda, Jacob Cline

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Intensely glowing red.

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Monarda didyma Jacob Cline beebalm is one of the easiest perennials to grow. They adapt to any soil and increase quickly. Hummingbirds love them. Use as a background for annuals. Intensely glowing red, extremely large flowers.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought

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Monarda may be grown from seed sown directly in the garden or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Outdoors:

  • Sow monarda outdoors in a cold frame or protected seedbed in early spring to early summer in the north and in the fall in the south.
  • Sow evenly and thinly. Cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Keep at 64-80 degrees F.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 22-30 days at 64-80 degrees F.
  • Transplant to 18 inches apart when seedlings are 2 inches tall.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun to light shade with organic soil with excellent drainage. Monardas prefer drier soils.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Once established monarda prefers drier soils.
  • Good air movement is also important as monarda is susceptible to powdery mildew.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall. 
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Divide when plants become overcrowded, bloom size begins to diminish or plants lose their vigor, every 3-5 years. Divide monarda in spring when plants are dormant. Monarda has a spreading root system. Spreading root systems have many slender matted roots that originate from many locations with no distinct pattern. These can crowd out their own centers. They can usually can be pulled apart by hand, or cut apart with shears or knife. Replant one division where the plant was originally and plant the extra divisions elsewhere in your garden or give them away to gardening friends. Plant the divisions immediately, or as soon as possible, and water well. Pull out wandering plants that show up where you do not want them.
  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Monarda is a fabulous pollinator plant attracting bees and butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The flowers are good for cutting for fresh arrangements.
  • The foliage of monarda may also be used to make a delicious tea.
Full Sun, Part Sun
36 inches
36 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Monarda, Jacob Cline is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sorry I did this A nice plant but massively invasive in southeast NC. It spreads by seed and underground runners. All of this from one plant that I bought. I would not do it again as it is getting into everything. If you want a large area of wildflowers that need no work to keep going this would be fine.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty and unique flower I bought this plant because it was different from most other flowers I see. It was slow to get started and one plant took 3x longer to develop then the others. I did use fertilizer. Finally I had blooms. They are definitely pretty but they don't last more than a week at most but fortunately more keep appearing.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very hardy!! I planted this in the summer of 2015. I barely watered it and I think I may have weed-whacked some of it. I really wasn't expecting it to grow. I have a huge plant this year with a ton of flowers. They make great cut flowers!!!!
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the plant --- hate the height! I bought the Jacob Cline for it's color and height/spread of 36 inches. Planted in spring of 2015, it grew to about 15" with a few flowers. This year, it's resplendent with flowers and the height is about 5'. Five feet is way too high for my flower bed and I'm thinking of digging it up in the fall. Very disappointed in the growth description.
Date published: 2016-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Bloomed beautifully the first year. One plant arrived snapped at the base. I called and a replacement was sent immediately.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from squished When i opened the box, these little guys looked like someone stepped on them. I planted them and they are already raising there little leaves up and seem to be doing fine. Been about a week and a half and they have doubled in size so I think they will do just great once they get settled in.
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monarda, Jacob Cline BEAUTIFUL -- everything we hoped for -- AWESOME!
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You better be prepared... conquer and divide this one. A proliferate grower here in Virginia Beach (zone 8), ‘Jacob Cline’ puts on a terrific display of color, grows up to 48” tall, and will soon out grow any small garden space unless constantly tended too. I obtained one plant 6 years ago and if not kept in check, it would have easily spread out over 10-feet by now. Even though my plant hasn’t begun to flower yet this year, I’ve already had some hummers buzz by scoping out their early progress. And since there isn’t any sign of flowering yet, these early nectar nuzzlers must remember from previous years. This one will make a wonderful addition to any garden where you need something tall…as long as you have the room for it to spread a bit.
Date published: 2010-05-18
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