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