Phonetic: mo-NAR-da fist-yoo-LOW-suh
Native Bergamot, commonly known as Bee Balm, is a versatile plant with many uses in and out of the garden. Monarda fistulosa is a valuable nectar plant visited by numerous bees and butterflies. Its fragrant leaves are used to make teas and cut flowers are beautiful in a vase. This blooming perennial that grows in tidy small colonies is a good choice for a small garden.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Native Northeast Region: USDA Database
- Sun Exposure: Full, Partial
- Flower Color: Purple
- Bloom Time: July, August, September
- Soil Type: Dry, Medium, Moist
- Mature Plant Size: 4'H
- Plant Spacing: 2-3'
- Host Plant: Hermit Sphinx Moth, Orange Mint Moth, Pink Patched Looper Moth and Rustic Quaker
- Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbird
- Advantages: Aromatic foliage, culinary uses, deer resistant, tolerates a wide range of soil types
- Landscape Uses: Butterfly garden, cottage garden, cut flowers, mass planting, meadow, perennial borders
- Companion Plants: Big Blue Stem, Black Eyed Susan, Little Blue Stem, Marsh blazing Star
- Deer Resistant