mo·​nar·​da | \ mə-ˈnär-də How to pronounce monarda (audio) \

Definition of monarda

: any of a genus (Monarda) of coarse annual or perennial North American mints with a tubular calyx and whorls of showy flowers

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Try deer- and rabbit-resistant perennial flowers, including agastache, artemisia, lavender, monarda, ornamental oregano, Russian sage, salvia, and yarrow. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Given those considerations, go ahead and cut back lilies, daylilies, garden phlox, iris, geranium, monarda, daisies, coreopsis and any other plants that look bad. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Gardener: Cut back perennials? It's up to you," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of monarda

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monarda

New Latin, from Nicolás Monardes †1588 Spanish botanist

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mo·​nar·​da | \ mə-ˈnärd-ə How to pronounce monarda (audio) \

Medical Definition of monarda

1 capitalized : a genus of coarse North American mints with whorls of showy flowers including one (M. punctata) that has been used as a carminative
2 : any plant of the genus Monarda

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