“Welcome, Jacob Cline”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Last summer I purchased some red-flowering bee balm called “Jacob Cline”. The flowers of this variety of monarda are showy, large and red with a longer bloom season than other monarda. One of the qualities that sold me on this plant is that the fragrant foliage is probably one of the best for mildew resistance. Another good point to this plant is that it is a butterfly nectar source and hummingbirds are supposed to love it.
When I bought this plant, it did have two flowers already blooming, but those were the last I saw. I guess it spent the rest of the summer getting settled into the garden. I was beginning to worry that it was not getting enough sun to bloom when I noticed flower buds just about four days ago. Yesterday evening, I took this photo of Jacob Cline’s first bloom in my garden.
Isn’t it a lovely red color? I have this in the entry garden where the color scheme is red and purple. The flowers of this monarda should complement the red pentas, salvias, and red ruella, as well as the purple salvias and ageratum.
I purchased this plant as part of my “add more perennials” plan for gardening, and it seems to fit right in with the plan as well as the area where it is planted. This is the first bee balm that I have grown, and from what I have read, I will need to cut it back in June to control its height and encourage more flowering. I’ll have to put that on my “to do” list because I definitely want more red flowers from this beauty.