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Wild Bergamot | Plant Profile

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) are fragrant prairie wildflowers that are native to the American midwest. They can commonly be found in dry fields and along highway banks. Wild Bergamot are part of the mint family and the serrated leaves are fragrant when damaged. The spherical flower heads are covered in tiny tubular lavender flowers.

Wild Bergamot prefers dry to medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Wild Bergamot can be showy additions to herb or wildflower gardens. Their tolerance for dry soils allows them to be planted in meadows, naturalized areas, and hillsides.


Wild Bergamot Characteristics

Wild Bergamot are hardy herbs that are perfect for herb gardens and naturalized areas. They are tolerant of deer, drought, clay, and dry and rocky soils. The soils can tolerate poor fertility and drought. Wild Bergamot self-seeds and may become overgrown and unkempt. Deadheading spent flowers helps to reduce self-seeding and encourages additional bloom in the same growing season.

Poor air circulation can result in severe powdery mildew infections.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8


1.00 - 1.50'
1.00 - 2.00'
Bloom Time
July - August
Medium - Wet
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?