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Monarda fistulosa

Of all those in the Monarda family, this one is a personal favorite (Kristen’s choice!).  A moderately tall growing (2.5-4’) perennial, beebalm or wild bergamot has the most delicious scent, and provides both lovely color and texture in many styles of garden.


While Wild Bergamot is a favorite of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, it has multiple uses for humans as well. Native People used the leaves and oils for poultices and made tea from the leaves to soothe headaches and indigestion.


M.fistulosa is a long-blooming plant, but be sure to allow for adequate room between plants in order to avoid crowding, as it is susceptible to powdery mildew.

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Monarda fistulosa (Bee balm)

  • details

    SIZE: 1/2 quart pot or 2.5 quart pot
    type: herbaceous perennial
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade
    water needs: dry, average
    height: 4'
    plant spacing: 1 per square foot
    bloom time: July, August, September
    bloom color: purple, pink
  • good plant companions

    black-eyed Susan, Culver's root, New England aster, butterflyweed

  • special notes

    edible potion: oregano scented/flavored leaves for seasoning or tea
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)