Species Name: Monarda fistulosa
Common Name: Wild Bergamot,
Zone: 3 to 8
Light: Full sun to partial
Soil Moisture: Moist to
Soil Types: Sand, Loam, Clay
Fertility: Rich to Poor
pH: 6.0 to 8.0
Bloom Time: late-June to September
spreading rhizomatous species that frequents old fields, meadows, open woods and
Bergamot is adaptable to a broad range of soils, light and
moisture conditions from rich moist to poor dry.
Bergamot has violet flowers that bloom
over an extended period of time and produces abundant nectar
numerous pollinators. BergamotŐs aromatic foliage also makes it deer resistant.
Bergamot spreads and colonizes by thin underground rhizomes as well as
naturalizing from seed.
A desirable wildflower for the garden
but also an invaluable plant for naturalizing in the wild.