Answer: Bergamot is alive and well in the Burpee catalog, just under it's more common name Monarda. Also called bee balm and Oswego tea, this popular perennial is a native herb used in the past as a tea to treat fevers, headaches, and sore throats as well as for nausea and flatulence! Two species are often described, Monarda fistulosa or wild bergamot that has soft pink or lilac flowers. The more common Monarda didyma has many cultivars frequently found in perennial beds such as 'Jacob Cline,' 'Cambridge Scarlet,' 'Croftway Pink,' and 'Raspberry Wine.'
Monarda didyma is not usually considered difficult to transplant, but it does prefer rich, moist soil in sun or partial shade. It can be invasive, so if you find a friend or neighbor with a stand, you will likely be welcome to a clump! If you have poor, drier soil, try wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) instead. Bergamot can also be grown from seed but the cultivars will not come true.
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