Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot

This native plant of dry grasslands produces masses of light mauve flowers in July. A popular nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies. Leaves have the distinct smell of Earl Grey tea, but are not used to produce it. Requires good air circulation and benefits from being divided every few years to reduce effects of mildew.

Height: 3-5 feet

Sun Requirements: Requires full sun

Water Requirements: Normal to moist humus rich soils

Flowers: Unique pink/purple flowers June to August

Attracts: Birds, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies

Important Butterfly Larval Host

Special Tolerances: Drought and deer resistant