Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot, also called bee balm or monarda, forms large bushy clumps with tons of lavender flowers blanketing the top. Swallowtail butterflies and pollinators are attracted to this plant for nectar and pollen. Minty leaves smell good when touched.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium, Medium-Wet
Height:    4 feet
Blooms:    July, Aug, Sept
Color:    Purple
Spacing:    2-3′
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds

Design Tips

Big enough to be called bushy, plant this in a small group or scattered in a garden. Be careful–Wild Bergamot spreads both by underground rhizomes (roots) and by seed.

Companion Plants

Bush’s Coneflower
Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Yellow Coneflower
Indian Grass
Prairie Blazing Star
Early Sunflower