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Bergamot (Bee Balm)


Zones: 4-10
Exposure: Full to Part Sun
Size: 36"H x 36"S
Bloom: Lavender, Summer-Fall
Pot Size: 3.25”
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Product Features

  • Culinary
  • Medicinal
  • Deer Resistant
  • Aroma
  • Pollinator
  • Bergamot, Bee Balm Plants

    Monarda fistulosa

    Monarda fistulosa was the Herb Society of America's 2013 Notable Native Herb! Read more in our "Use This" tab above to learn about the Herb Society of America, the Notable Native program and more!

    Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, Horse Mint and Wild Oregano, is an aromatic herb in the family Lamiaceae, native to North America found in open fields and swampy areas. Blooming into beautiful, tubular violet to pink blooms, this vigorously growing herb resembles a firework explosion when flowering.

    Bergamot, Bee Balm is Medicinal

    Bergamot has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by many Native Americans, including the Blackfeet. The Blackfeet Indians used this hardy perennial in poultices to treat minor cuts and wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by gingivitis, as the plant contains high levels of a naturally occurring antiseptic, Thymol, which is found in many brand name mouthwashes. Traditionally used to ease bloating and digestion because of its carminative properties, as well as to treat headaches and fevers, Bee Balm makes a strong and slightly spicy tea, tasting of mint and oregano.

    A very helpful companion plant, the Thymol contained in the plant's roots keep subterranean pests at bay, while the tubular purple flowers at the top of the plant attract many useful pollinators and predatory insects. This herb is a huge hit with hummingbirds and will make a terrific border to your garden. The flowers and leaves are good ingredients for making potpourri.

    Bee Balm Plants Are a Perennial Garden Favorite

    Gaining renewed popularity as a culinary herb, Bee Balm makes a wonderful addition to pizzas, salads, breads and any dishes that are complimented by the herb's unique flavor. Minty and slightly spicy, Bergamot makes a great substitute for Oregano.The plant's flowers, leaves and stalks are edible and can be dried and added to breads, teas, and used as a savory seasoning for your favorite dish!

  • Monarda fistulosa

    Characteristics: Bergamot is an aromatic herb producing tubular, violet to pink flowers. Leaves are dark green with reddish veins.

    Light: Bergamot likes full sun, will tolerate light shade. If the plant does not get enough light, it may not flower as profusely.

    Water: Water when dry to the touch, Bergamot is not drought tolerant and prefers a moist environment.

    Soil: Moist, but well-drained soil. Do not allow soil to become waterlogged.

    Use: Bergamot's beautiful, aromatic flowers attract bees and butterflies, and is a beautiful addition to any herb garden. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, it has also been used historically as a medicinal herb with strong antiseptic properties. The thymol contained in the plant which makes it a great antibacterial and microbial medicinal herb, also contribute to its wonderful abilities as a companion plant. Keeping subterranean pests at bay with its antibacterial action, Bee Balm also improves the health and taste of neighboring plants, like tomatoes.

    Bee Balm plants (Bergamot) also need good air circulation to thrive, so make sure to give it lots of room and not to over plant it with other herbs or flowers. Crowding your Bergamot may lead to the development of mildew.

    A flavorful culinary herb that tastes similar to Oregano, the flowers, leaves and stems of this native herb are all edible.
     
  • You can buy from us online. The Notable Native Herb selection is based on an herb's versatility and growth throughout gardens in every planting zone nationwide. The defining characteristic for the Notable Native award is the herb's usefulness, including its value for culinary, medicinal, ornamental, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes.
    The Herb Society of America is a nonprofit organization focused on educating people on the cultivation usage of herbs, both historically and in modern times. The HSA coordinates many different educational programs, plant collections, maintains a library and helps to support the National Herb Garden, located at the National arboretum in Washington, D.C. For more information, to donate or to become a member, please visit The Herb Society of America's website.

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     



    Easy Bergamot Fruit Salad
     
    6 Tbl. Sugar
    ¾ cup water
    juice of 2 oranges
    4 to 6 bee balm leaves
    1 cup black berries
    2 cups strawberries
    2 cups raspberries

    Put the sugar, water, orange juice and bee balm leaves in a pan over low heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil for five minutes to reduce to a syrup.

    Discard the bee balm leaves, and then add the black berries and return to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool

    Add strawberries and raspberries to a bowl and pour cooled mixture over them and gently toss to coat. Decorate with bee balm flowers and scented geranium leaves.

     

     

     

     

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