Monarda fistulosa

Common name: Wild Bergamot

Native plant

Wild bergamot is a clump-forming, mint family member that grows 2-4' tall. Flowers are lavendar in color, sit solitary on top of each stem, and are a favorite of bees and butterflies. This plant tolerates somewhat poor soils and some drought, but needs good circulation. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom. Tends to self-seed and can create large colonies in the right conditions. The aromatic, grayish-green leaves may be used in teas.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Lavender / Pink

Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

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