• cluster of wild bergamot
  • Beautiful wild looking flower of the wild bergamot
  • upright clump growth pattern of the Monarda Fistula
  • Wild Bergamot purple flower

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Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

You may have heard of bergamot tea or a perfume with hints of bergamot, but what about seeing the plant itself? Wild Bergamot is a Missouri native that is known for growing along roads or across the sweeping plains famous in Missouri. Grow this plant at home for an attractive pollinator plant, and if you're creative enough, you can create your own teas and perfumes too!

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Wild Bergamot Plants for Sale Online

Wild bergamot or Monarda fistulosa, comes from the dry rocky soils of the prairies in the mid-western united states. A clump-forming herbaceous perennial, that produces wild-looking lavender flowers that are formed on sturdy stems The flowers rest upon showy, pinkish leaf bracts. Bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds love wild bergamot as much as people do. This is the monarda plant for the native plant purest that prefers straight species rather than the cultivars.

Growzone: 3-9 Wild Bergamot Hardiness Zones 3-9
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 2 to 4 Feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 Feet
Classification: Perennial
Sunlight: Full Sun to Part Shade
Habit: Upright, clump forming
Flower Color: Lavender
Flowering Season: July to September
Foliage: Green
Soil Condition: Prefers dry, average to sandy soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds.

How to Care for Wild Bergamot

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Wild Bergamot plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Wild Bergamot does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one.

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