WILD BERGAMOT

Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa belongs to the mint family and is very easy to start. This showy perennial, frequently cultivated herb, has aromatic leaves used to make mint tea. Oil from the leaves was formerly used to treat respiratory ailments. The leaves smell minty.  The herb is also known as beebalm.

SPECS: Genus: Monarda ; Species: Fistulosa; Plant Type: Herb; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle), Medium Dry; Height: 2′ — 5′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 4′; Bloom Time: May — October; Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, White; Advantages: Fragrant, Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 8; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Honey bees, Hummingbirds, Potter wasps, Small black bees, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity, Rocky soil; Plant Community: Companion plants include: New England aster (Aster novae-angliae), Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), Tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris) & Joe pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) ;