Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including loamy and sandy soils
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Bee Balm, is a captivating native perennial cherished for its aromatic foliage, showy flowers, and medicinal properties. Its adaptability to various growing conditions, attractive blooms, and ability to attract pollinators make it a popular choice for wildflower gardens, meadows, and herb gardens. This native plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also provides habitat for wildlife and offers potential medicinal benefits.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Bergamot can reach a height of 2 to 4 feet with a spread of 1 to 3 feet. Its upright stems are adorned with lance-shaped leaves and topped with clusters of tubular flowers in shades of lavender, pink, or white, creating a vibrant and fragrant display in gardens and meadows.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Bergamot offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Attraction: The fragrant flowers of Bergamot attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Bergamot provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in naturalized areas.
  • Visual Appeal: With its aromatic foliage and showy flowers, Bergamot adds beauty and fragrance to gardens, meadows, and herb gardens, creating a vibrant and inviting outdoor space.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Bergamot is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant that supports pollinators and offers potential medicinal benefits.