Wild Bergamot/Bee Balm - 3256
Wild Bergamot/Bee Balm Monarda fistulosa (Lamiaceae)
A very hardy, aromatic perennial native to North America. A true member of the Mint family with square stems. The lance shaped leaves are slightly toothed and are arranged opposite on the stems. Flowers are solitary on a single, sturdy stem. The 2 to 4 inch blooms, are soft shades of lavender to pink in color. Plants spread easily by seed or rhizomes. Prefers full sunshine to partial shade in a wide range of soil types. Many bees, butterflies and hummingbird species use Wild Bergamot as a nectar source. Deer do not seem to find this plant palatable. Once established, a very reliable species year after year.
Average Planting Success with this Species: 80%
Height: 3-4 feet
Germination: 20-45 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60°F–70°F
Sowing Depth: 1/16"
Blooming Period: May-September
Average Seeds Per Pound: 1,179,360
Seeding Rate: 2 lbs. per acre
1 oz Covers: 1,361 sq. ft.Suggested Use: Borders, rock gardens, woodland edges, butterfly habitats. Miscellaneous: Mature plants can be divided into sections every 2 to 3 years in the spring. Makes an interesting addition to cut flower arrangements.