Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot
The wild bergamot boasts of a circular array of tubular, lavender-pinkish blooms. This monarda species is a highly functional wildflower by attracting a wide range of large butterflies, hummingbird moths, bumblebees and the zippy ruby-throated hummingbird. Has square stems and aromatic leaves. Provide with good air circulation to combat powdery mildew. Spreads via shallow rhizomes and will form small colonies when afforded the space with desirable conditions. This species is deer and rabbit resistant. Prefers drier soils than it's cousin the scarlet bee balm.
Height : 2-4 feet (60-120 cm) Spread : 2-3 feet (60-90 cm)
Bloom Period : July to September
Light : Full to partial sun
Water : Dry to medium
Soil : Sand, loam, clay
Zone : 3-9
Deer and Rabbit Resistant : Yes
Native Habitat : Prairies, rocky woods and corridors
Landscape Uses : Butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, hummingbird garden, herb garden, perennial borders and naturalized areas.