Wild Bergamot


  • USDA Zones 3 to 9 (Find Your Zone)
  • 2 to 4 Feet Tall
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Showy Flowers
  • Attracts Bees
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • History of Herbal and Medicinal Use


Monarda fistulosa, also known as Wild Bergamot and Bee Balm, is one of our most versatile and valuable native perennials. Growing across a wide area and in diverse climates of North America, Wild Bergamot is a highly adaptable plant. Full sun is preferred but part sun is adequate. Wild Bergamot can thrive in almost any soil type and isn’t picky about soil ph. The plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall and rapidly forms clumps. It is also a prolific self-seeder under normal garden conditions. Foliage is highly fragrant, having a scent reminiscent of oregano. From mid-summer to fall, Bergamot is covered unusual lavender-colored blooms, which are highly attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds. Butterflies and bees truly flock to this plant when in bloom. Wild Bergamot also has herbal uses and can be used to make teas. Native Americans believed the plant to have medicinal qualities.

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