Wild Bergamot is a wide spread native with a long history. Popular in the ethnobotany of the Native Americans, Wild Bergamot has been used to clear colds and calm stomachs as a tea and a steam additive and was embraced by Europeans as a tea. Tolerant of clay soil, deer browsing, and dry periods, Wild Bergamot does appreciate some extra mulch in the spring as it will spread through shallow runners in loose soil and topdress. Will get up to 4 feet tall with lavender-pink tubular flowers and showy pink bracts. Lightly deadhead throughout the season to prolong flowering and will spread seed if left for winter interest. Likes good air circulation and is a great native addition and talking point for any herb garden.
Photo courtesy of New England Wildflower Society.
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Native to the United States.
- Botanical Name
- Monarda fistulosa
- Common Name
- Wild Bergamont
- Hardy to Zone
- Sun/Part Shade