Wild Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, grow up to 3′ tall and has large, long-lasting, unique lavender flowers that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and moths. It blooms in late summer months. Leaves can have a mild mint scent, but are often odorless.
It is generally an upland species, but can tolerate moist soils and is often classified as a facultative wetland plant.
Plant throughout the Fall and Winter, or in the Spring, after the danger of frost has passed. Plants may not bloom the first year if planted in the Spring.
- Zone 3-9
- US, Canada, and Mexico
- Dry to moist soils
- Part- Full sun
- Duration: Perennial (plant in the Fall or Early Winter for blooms the following year)
Native peoples and early settlers used Wild Bergamot for its medicinal qualities aiding in a variety of ailments. They also used its leaves to flavor meats and teas.