Wild Bergamot

Monarda Fistulosa

Monarda fistulosa, also commonly called Bee Balm or Horse-Mint, has a lovely violet blossom and distinctively aromatic foliage. It is a familiar component of prairie and savanna communities on all but the wettest of soils. Native to most of North America, it often is cited for its historical medicinal applications among indigenous peoples. These include poultices, as well as tea infusions for headaches, indigestion and colds and flu. Wild Bergamot is a favorite of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Its species name, fistulosa, refers to the tube-like structure of its blossoms, which appear from July through September.

 

General Information:

Mature Height:  2-4 Feet
Mature Width:  2 Feet

Flower Color:  Light Purple/Pink
Fall Color:  Yellow/Orange

Soil Type:

Dry, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Moist

Exposure:

Full Sun, Partial Shade 

Bloom Period:

July–September

Attracts:

   butterflies

 

 

Pair With:

Switchgrass

Foxglove

Lance-Leafed Coreopsis