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

Deciduous Perennial in the Lamiaceae Family
Buy Wild Bergamot
Size Notes Price Availability
#1 gallon Field $10.77 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23


About Bee Balms

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

Mature Size 24 - 48 inches tall. 24 - 36 inches wide.
Moisture Tolerance Medium -
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Formal Garden, Fragrant Foliage, Full Sun, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Mass Planting, Good for Rain Garden, Illinois Native, Medium, Native to North America, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Perennial, Pond, Rabbit Resistant, Showy Flowers, Tolerant of Loamy Soil, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Salt, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period July to September
Flower Color Pink/Lavender
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