Mint on fire! (Hummingbird trumpet mint)
Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’ is a perennial native to the higher mountainous regions of California. It is a selection made by Ed Sampson, a native plant enthusiast and nursery owner, in honor of his wife. He selected it from straight species because of its excellent adaptability at different elevations and with the cooperation of Nevin Smith of Suncrest Nursery in Watsonville, CA introduced it to the gardening world. Plant Select® has chosen to recommend it for our gardening environment for the exact same reasons.
Mondardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’ is renowned for firecracker-red tubular flowers that form in clusters at the end of each stem. This little rock garden gem will set the garden ablaze with non-stop color beginning in late spring clear through to frost. It hugs the ground spreading moderately & spilling gracefully over rocks & ledges. But don’t think rock gardens are the only use for Monardella, you can use it in containers to trail over the edge with fiery drama.
The sweet nectar rich flowers attract hummingbirds by the score. It’s a veritable bird feeding fly-by dispensary of delight for the hummers! Because of its prolific flower production, it can be a short lived perennial lasting only a season or two, but what beautiful seasons they are. Plant some Monardella in your garden, then sit back to revel at the hummingbird hunger games, the odds are definitely in your favor!
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Hummingbird trumpet mint
Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’
Blooms: Late Spring through summer
Sun: Partial sun
Water: Moderate to dry
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5b-9
Culture: Clay, loam or sandy soil
Thanks to Diana Reavis, Eason Horticultural Resources, for this news story.