Plant of the month: Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot

This signature purple flowered plant may be familiar to you by its wide use in teas and dried flower arrangements.  Wild Bergamot is also a resilient native plant that grows in almost any condition (except for the wettest of soils) and is a favorite among bees and butterflies.

When selecting a seed mix containing wild bergamot, it’s important to select at least two other colors for its bloom period to maximize diversity and attract as many pollinators as possible.

Plant characteristics

This perennial plant grows distinctive light purple, sometimes pink, flowers that bloom best in the summer months and into September. It grows to between two and four feet, and is a member of the mint family—probably why it makes for such great teas!

Growing conditions

Wild Bergamot loves sunshine and rich, heavy clay soil but can be grown in sandier, drier soil or partial sunlight.

Native area

Fields, thickets, roadsides and woodland borders can all be successful areas for Wild Bergamot. It is usually found on floodplains, shorelines, or woodland edges in rich, moist soils with full sun to partial shade.

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