Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: Blue/Violet

Attributes: Butterfly nectar plant, Hummingbird attractor, Walnut tolerant, Drought tolerant, Clay soil tolerant

Height: 60-120 cm (23-47 in)


Wild Bergamot is also known as Monarda and Bee Balm. It is so named because it smells like the bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia), which is used to flavour Earl Grey tea. The leaves, flowers, and seed-heads all have this subtle fragrance. It also has gorgeous, showy pink blossoms that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. It is a colourful addition to any flower bed or naturalized meadow. It is medium in height and it will spread into


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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