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Wild bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Monarda fistulosa

Regular price $6.48 USD
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Size

Sun/shade: Full sun to part shade

Soil moisture: Medium

Height: 2-4'

Spread: 2-3'

Flowering period: July

With tubular flowers pointing aloft, wild bergamot proclaims a festival of nectar to foraging bumble bees. The elongated shape of the flowers favors long-tongued pollinators, with butterflies, moths, and large carpenter bees among the frequent visitors in addition to bumblebees. Hummingbird clearwing moths are often seen hovering about the plant’s lavender blooms. The moths bear a striking resemblance to hummingbirds as they dart and bob, wings ablur, in the course of their nectar-seeking.

Within its native NE Ohio range, wild bergamot can be found growing in meadows, along forest edges, and in woodlands possessing an open canopy structure. Wild bergamot grows well under conditions of full sun to partial shade and soil moisture ranging from moderately wet to moderately dry. The plant is medium in height (2-4’), and during its summer blooming period, its lavender coloration provides a lovely complement to the oft encountered yellow hues of the pollinator garden.

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Photos by Julie Slater.

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