Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 3 - 4 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Rhizomatous

Habitat: Prairies, Openings in sandy woodlands, Oak savannas, Woodlands Edges

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Boulevard plantings, Meadow plantings

Complimentary Plants: Black-eyed Susan, Hoary Vervain, Butterfly Milkweed, Anise Hyssop

Wildlife Value: The nectar of the flowers attracts long-tongued bees, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, and hummingbird moths. Host Plant: Hermit Sphink Moth, Snout Moth

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A

Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot

  • Wild Bergamot is a versatile plant and is a familiar component of prairie and savanna communities on all but the wettest of soils. that offers many nectar rewards for hungry bees. Its other common name is Bee Balm because it is one of the best forage plants for Bumblebees. its floewrs open continuously throughout the day, providing many nectar rewards as older flowers are used and replaed by newly opened ones. The foliage is aromatic and can be used in teas. Since the foliage can be susceptable to powdery mildew, it is best planted where there is suffecient air circulation and full sun to eliminate moisture on the leaves.