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Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm)

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Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Bergamot is a widespread North American native perennial that is found in floodplains, along shorelines and in open woodlands and moist to mesic prairies. Plants do best in rich soils with full to partial sun, dry to moderate conditions and sandy, clay or loam soils. Leaves have a pungent mint scent and flavor and make a great tea. Bergamot is a top notch pollinator plant, being attractive to hummingbirds, bumblebees and other native bees, butterflies and skippers. Powdery mildew can be a problem in the garden – avoid excessive overhead watering. Recommended for home gardens, rain gardens and meadow plantings as well as prairie and pollinator mixes. Each packet contains 0.1 grams, which is about 200 seeds.

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When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date or in late summer to fall. When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Days to Emerge: 14 – 21 Days Seed Depth: Surface to 1/16" Seed Spacing: A group of 5 seeds every 18"–24" Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 18"–24"

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