Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) mo-NAR-dah fistulosa

Other Names Monarda fistulosa (NGN), N, Monarda fistulosa, Monarda fistulosa 1 Gal.
Family Lamiaceae
Description

Bee balm is an herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Native to the North Carolina mountains, it may be seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway flowering during the summer months. 

Monarda smells very similar to the rind of a Bergamot Orange, one of the main ingredients in Earl Grey tea. You’ll smell the spicy herbal notes on the air if you get anywhere near this plant, and its leaves can be used in salads or a tea of its own to enjoy more of this unique scent.

This plant prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun but will tolerate some shade. Bee balm can reach a height of 4 feet and will spread rapidly by underground stolons. Blossoms attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and the leaves have a minty aroma when crushed. 

Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Mature Size 24 - 48 inches tall. 24 - 36 inches wide.
Moisture Tolerance Medium - : The first sign that your bee balm is in trouble will be drooping leaves. Unless you are getting regular rainfall, water the plant with at least an inch of water per week.
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Butterfly Garden, Container, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Eclectic Garden, Formal Garden, Fragrant Foliage, Hummingbird Garden, Illinois Native, Loamy Soil, Mass, Moist Soil, Native to North America, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Perennial, Pond, Rabbit Resistant, Rain Garden, Salt Tolerant, Showy Flowers, Thornless, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period July to September
Flower Color Pink/Lavender
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