It thrives in any cool soil, bearing whorls of deep red, pink, lavender or magentawhich last a long time. The best effect is obtained by massing the plants together in bold . They grow to 3 ft. and bloom from June to September. The are fragrant. Cambridge Scarlet, Pale Ponticum (soft lavender), Croftway Pink (light pink), Burgundy, Adam (cerise), and Prairie Glow (salmon-cerise) are good varieties, all useful for . Increase by division in spring. Monardas tend to deteriorate after about 3 years and are best replanted.