The wild bergamot is very similar to bee balm but instead of a deep red coloration it boasts of lavender, pinkish blooms. This monarda species is highly functional in the garden because it attracts a wide range of large butterflies, bees and the zippy ruby-throated hummingbird considers it a favorite feeding station. The bergamot blooms for the summer and will stretch into early fall. This species is deer resistant.
Height : 2-4 feet (60-120 cm)
Spread : 2-3 feet (60-90 cm)
Blooming Period : July to September
Light : Full to partial sun
Water : Dry to medium
Soil : Sand, loam, clay
Zone : 3-9
Native Ontario Habitat : Prairies, rocky woods and corridors
Landscape Uses : Butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, hummingbird garden, herb garden, perennial borders and naturalized areas.