Wild Bergamot Wildflower Garden Plugs (Monarda fistulosa)

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Wild Bergamot Wildflower Garden Plugs  - Monarda fistulosa

 

Zone 3-10

pH – 6 - 8 

Wild Bergamot was widely used for treating a myriad of aliments by the Native Americans, including respiratory problems and nausea. This showy perennial’s brilliant blooms and leaves have pleasant scent, similar to mint (it’s in the mint family).  Thriving in a variety of well-drained soils in the eastern half of the US and southern Canada down to eastern Mexico, this hardy plant can occur in really open woods (savannahs) , and sunny sights along the edges of natural openings such as glades and prairies.  Its worn looking white pink and purple blooms are comprised of tubular petals that are preferred by butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. It actually competes better on poorer soils (think logging decks) that simulate its natural environment. This rhizomatous garden standard is akin to mint, blooms from June to September, and is used in a variety of restoration and pollinator habitat establishment projects.