Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

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1 plant in a 4 inch cup

 

Monarda fistulosa. Wild Bergamot seeds, commonly known as Bee Balm, produce curious flowers that vary in shades from pink to lavender. These flowers appear in July and August above stout, strong stems bearing aromatic leaves. The leaves are excellent in tea, reminiscent of the distinct flavour to Earl Grey blends. Use the edible, tubular flowers as an addition to salads or sprinkled on top of any dish as a light minty garnish.  Grows to a height of 60-90cm (24-36"), and those that don't survive as perennials in Coastal gardens will likely self-sow. All bergamots are highly attractive to beneficial pollinators like butterflies and wild bees. Hummingbirds will stage territorial fights to stake their claims over a wild bergamot plant in full bloom. Bee Balm does not usually flower until the second year. Mature plants, 3-4 years old, can be divided to make new plants.

 

    • Wild Bergamot is in the mint family and spreads by slender underground rhizomes, though it is clump forming and not invasive.
    • Highly attractive to pollinators
    • Distinct flavour of Earl Grey tea
    • Flowers vary from pink to lavender
    • Commonly known as bee balm
    • Grows to height of 60-90cm (24-36")
    • Pick the leaves as desired for fresh use in the kitchen. For drying, harvest leaves before the flowers open. Cut flowers for drying as soon as they’re fully open. Masses of tiered pink-purple blossoms grow from August until frost.