Wild Bergamot (Beebalm, Monarda, Wild Beebalm)
Wild Bergamot (Beebalm, Monarda, Wild Beebalm)
Monarda fistulosa
Mint family - Lamiaceae

Growth habit: Medium-tall perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spread: 40 cm

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Rose pink flowers

Light: Full sun to semi-shade

Moisture: Average, but will do better in consistently damp conditions

Soil: Average garden soil

Seeding: Direct seed in spring or fall. Cover lightly and mark the planted area. Easy to grow.

Landscape uses: May be susceptible to powdery mildew in late summer, so don't crowd it, and plant in a place with good air circulation. Suggested spacing is 40 cm when planting.

Interesting features: Aromatic leaves have a fragrance similar to bergamot, which is used in flavouring Earl Grey tea.

Natural habitat: Open woods, fields and prairie grasslands.

Ecology: Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.