Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

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Binomial

Monarda fistulosa

Wild bergamot is a great choice for attracting pollinators; bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds swarm the flowers along with many other insects on the search for nectar. It is closely related to Bee Balm, which is shorter, blooms earlier, and grows in more shade.

Deer tend to avoid this minty plant. It has a history of medicinal use and a tea can be made from the leaves. The flowers are showy in floral arrangements, both fresh cut or dried. Wild bergamot tolerates drought fairly well, though some of the lower leaves may turn yellow and fall off.

Uses: Pollinators, cut flowers, edible, medicinal, deer tolerant, drought
Bloom time: June & July

Height: 3 to 4 feet
Space: 16 to 24 inches

Sun: Full sun to light shade
Moisture: Average

Seed:

  • 78,000 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 2500 square feet
  • 1 pound per acre

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