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Audubon® Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa
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Butterflies and hummingbirds will be your grateful guests when you plant Wild Bergamot. Its lavender-pink summertime blooms are especially appealing to some of our largest and showiest butterflies, like giant, tiger, black, zebra, and spicebush swallowtails, monarchs, and great spangled fritillaries. You can get quite close to them for photos while they’re feeding, so absorbed are they in getting that sweet nectar! You’ll have to dodge the dive-bombing hummingbirds while you snap your photos, however. Wild Bergamot is manna to hummingbirds. They will fight over it, so plant a few patches around your property, and everyone can get their fill.

May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds

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Growth Facts

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The Story

Wild Bergamot is an especially successful American wildflower; it has made itself at home throughout most of the country. Its native range includes at least parts of almost all of the lower 48 states, excluding only Florida and California. Wild Bergamot gets its name from its minty-smelling leaves. Bergamot is a citrus fruit used in flavoring Earl Grey tea; European settlers in America thought the fragrance of the wildflower they found here reminded them of the Bergamot orange grown in Italy, so they named it Wild Bergamot. They used the leaves and flowers to make a tea.

The Details

Besides enjoying visits from Hummingbirds to your Wild Bergamot, you may also look forward to visits from Hummingbird moths! These chubby little creatures look like tiny hummingbirds as they dart and hover among the blossoms, but they are, in fact, insects. Wild Bergamot is one of their favorite nectar sources.

How to Grow

Wild Bergamot is easy and accommodating, which isn’t surprising, given its huge natural range. It will perform best in all-day sun in soils of average moisture. Wild Bergamot is somewhat drought tolerant, but regular water in summer will produce the lushest, healthiest specimens. Full sun, regular irrigation, and good air circulation will help ward off powdery mildew, which can occasionally be an issue with this species, though only a cosmetic one. Plants may spread—sometimes rather quickly—both by underground roots and seeds. Unwanted plants are easy to pull out, however.

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Audubon® Wild Bergamot Tree
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