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    Bergamot (Bee Balm)
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    Our Price: $5.95
    ZONE: 4 - 10
    EXPOSURE: Full to Partial Sun
    SIZE: 36"H x 18"S
    BLOOM: Violet to Pink, Summer
    POT SIZE: 3.5" Pot

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    Monarda fistulosa


    Monarda fistulosa is the Herb Society of America's 2013 Notable Native Herb! We are honored to be the exclusive grower of this versatile native, and are proud to support the Herb Society of America through this wonderful partnership. Read more in our "Try This" section to learn about the Herb Society of America, the Notable Native program and more!

    Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, Wild Oregano or Horse Mint, 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 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!

    Features
    Zones: Perennial in zones 4-10

    Size: 36"H x 18"S

    Light: Full to part sun

    Bloom: Lavender to pink, blooms in the Summer

    Uses: A fragrant culinary herb, Bergamot tastes minty and slightly spicy, similarly to Oregano. The plant's bright, tubular blooms attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. A wonderful medicinal herb, Bergamot contains a natural antiseptic which is found in commercial mouthwashes.

    Tips: Plant Bergamot (Bee Balm) as a beautiful addition to your garden or in containers to attract pollinators. This colorful herb is also a great companion plant and will keep underground pests away, while attracting helpful predatory insects and pollinators. Especially great for planting near tomato plants, Bergamot actually improves the health and taste of their fruits. In the kitchen, try Bergamot on pizzas, in tea, and to season meats and fish. A fantastic native herb!







    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
     
    My Bergamot March 18, 2014
    Reviewer: Teresa a Newman from Kuttawa, KY United States  
    I have tried for several years to get Bergamot to grow at my home. My latest effort comes from The Growers Exchange and it was doing wonderful when I tucked it in for the winter. Thank you so much.

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    Bee Balm, Bergamot February 24, 2014
    Reviewer: Patricia Jackson from Austin, TX United States  
    I had the best surprise last Spring, when the Bee Balm put on those gorgeous purple flowers. I had bees and butterflies vising my herb garden and I felt that I was doing a good thing for the Earth!

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    Wonderful scent and excellent grower February 18, 2014
    Reviewer: Constance Charland from Coventry, CT United States  
    I planted these for my husband who loves bee balm.  He was really excited for the purple color.  We planted them on the west side of our house and they have just filled in wonderfully.  Since they spread I have been able to share with my family and friends who love the purple color.

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