Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm)

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The tubular nectar-rich flowers of Wild Bergamot Bee Balm are magnets for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It blooms from midsummer into fall with fragrant pale purple flowers that seem to burst from the buds like fireworks. This easy-care native perennial is deer resistant, adaptable to most soil types, and freely spreads to create swaths of color and fragrance. (Monarda fistulosa)
Zones 3 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Cut Flowers
Great For Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 24-48" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to fall

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Plant Information
(24-48" tall x 24-36" wide) The intriguing blossoms of Wild Bergamot Bee Balm burst forth from their buds into clusters of nectar-rich, tubular flowers held aloft by a ring of showy bracts. True to its name, the plant's purple-pink flowers are magnet for bees and many other pollinators. Wild Bergamot is easy to grow, adaptable, and readily spreads to form large swaths. You'll have so many flowers from midsummer into fall that the bees won't mind if you cut a few to jazz up indoor arrangements. Healthy leaves or flowers can be used to make tea. This deer-resistant perennial is native to the states east of the Rocky Mountains, and thrives in all but the hottest, driest regions. It prefers full sun to part shade and tolerates a range of soils  from dry to moist. A charming addition to herb gardens, meadow plantings, cottage gardens, or perennial flower beds.
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Associated SKUsAM018672
AM018633 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018652 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm
Botanical Name
Monarda fistulosa
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid summer to fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Grey-green toothed foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Dry Sites
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information
Provide good air circulation, and deadhead flowers to promote more blooms.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
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