Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) in the Bee Balms Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Lavender
White
Bi-Color: White-Pink and lavender
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadhead flowers to prolong bloom period.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Readily self-seeds. Seeds mature 3 months after bloom.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Divide every 3 years to improve air circulation.
Pollinators: Bees

In our mostly native meadow.

Wildflowers Attract Pollinators to Your GardensWildflowers Attract Pollinators to Your Gardens
August 18, 2013

Do you want to attract bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds to your garden? The best way to lure pollinators into your garden is to plant things they love. Pollinators love wildflowers. These are a few of my favorites that are loved by pollinators and are easy to grow.

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Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-09In our mostly native meadow.
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: Jul 7, 2010 2:43 PMIn Our Mostly Native Meadow
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-07-22
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-07-22
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-07-12pale purple flowers
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-01-13the plant in winter
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Location: Tennesseecourtesy Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
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Date: 2005-06-12Photo: Dr. Charles M. Allen
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Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: Hemaris diffinis (snowberry clearwing moth) nectaring at Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: North Branch, MNDate: 2017-07-07
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Location: Washington D.C.Date: 2017-07-02Monarda fistulosa in full bloom
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Location: central Illinois (Lake Sangchris St. Pk.)Date: 2017-08-05
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-07-12big plant in bloom
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Location: TwispDate: May
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Location: Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) with spanworm or looper, likely Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper)Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: western IllinoisDate: 2012-07-03
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Location: Southeastern IowaDate: 2012-07-02near the Mississippi River
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Location: MississippiDate: 2013-06-20
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Location: near Smyrna, DelawareDate: 2014-07-29Tiger Swallowtail on flowers
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Comments:
Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 3, 2014 2:45 PM

Monarda fistulosa has special value to native and bumble bees. It attracts a variety of bee species including longhorned, cuckoo, green sweat, wool carder, small resin, leafcutter, and black sweat bees. It is also reportedly an excellent browsing plants for bumble bees.

This plant also attracts a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, including mason wasps, great black wasps, hoverflies, bee flies, soldier beetles, and banded longhorned beetles. These beneficial insects consume a variety of common garden pests.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 15, 2018 5:09 PM

Wild Bergamot is a pretty and easy perennial that is a real pollinator magnet, full of many kinds of bees, wasps, butterflies, hummingbirds, and others. I see it growing wild in some spots around southeast PA. Its native range is from Minnesota into western Quebec & New England then southward in upland sites. It is sold by most all native plant nurseries around its native range and by some large, diverse nurseries. It is used a lot as an element in native meadow and prairie restorations and with native plant landscapes.

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