Wild Bergamot


  • USDA Zones 3 to 9
  • 2 to 4 Feet High by 2 to 3 Feet Wide
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Average Soil
  • Average moisture
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies


Monarda fistulosa, common name Wild Bergamot, Grows easily in dry to medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Wild Bergamot is a common American native occurring naturally in prairies, dry open woods and roadsides. Bergamot is a member of the mint family, forming clumps that typically grow 3-4″ tall and 3′ wide. Two lipped, lavender, tubular flowers appear in dense globes on square stemmed terminals. The leaves are aromatic and have long been used as a tea substitute. They have a long summer blooming season and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Provide plenty of air space to prevent powdery mildew, an issue for most monardas. Use as a tall perennial in a border or use in an herb garden.

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