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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Host Plant: none

Nectar Plant: Swallowtail Butterflies, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds

Flower Color: white to purple

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 5 feet tall

Range in North America: Most of North America, except for California

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: dry soil conditions

Bee Balm, Oswego-Tea, Eastern Bergamot

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 5 feet tall and has white to violet flowers that bloom from summer to fall.

Wild bergamot is a nectar plant to swallowtail butterflies, other butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Wild bergamot is often found in dry open areas such as prairies, fields, roadsides, and railroads.  It is native to most of North America, except California.

This is often used in teas and the leaves have a minty odor.  The species name means tubular.


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