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Bergamot (Bee Balm)
Bergamot (Bee Balm)

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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 4 - 10
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 36"H x 36"S
BLOOM: Lavender, Summer - Fall

Availability: Spring 2020

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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!

Zones: Perennial in zones 4-10

Size: 36"H x 36"S

Light: Full to Part Sun

Bloom: Lavender, Summer - Fall

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!

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 14 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Wonderful! June 18, 2019
Reviewer: Mysha Webber-Eakin from Holland, NY United States  
I received My Especially healthy plants! I look forward to watching them thrive & bloom for many years to come.

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5 of 5 Very nice plant June 3, 2019
Reviewer: Kat Hooper from Lewisburg , PA United States  
Although it’s early in the season and my Bee Balm is still on the small side, the plant itself was in fantastic condition when it arrived.  I’m sure if our weather in central PA would be consistent with where the normal temps are at this time of year, the plant would be further along as in past years.  Love the Growers Exchange.....their herbs are absolutely gorgeous and extremely healthy even though they’re shipped to my home address.

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5 of 5 Replacement Plants June 3, 2019
Reviewer: Susan Ussery from Brooks, GA United States  
The first one I ordered was very small with only a few leaves showing.  I ordered two more in case the first one didn’t make it.  It is still alive but still not very big.  The second order the plants were so much bigger - they didn’t even look like the previous one I ordered.  They are growing and looking great.  This review is for the replacement plants only.

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5 of 5 Successful trip April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Deborah Stietenroth from Brookhaven, MS United States  
Arrived in good condition and is doing great. One of my favorite aromatic herbs that bees and butterflies enjoy also.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 bee balm April 30, 2019
Reviewer: AMELIA MORGAN from yoder, CO United States  
Received the bee balm plant and it was in good order, and looked good, planted well, have to keep them sheltered because of the wind up here. They were beaten back in a hail storm but beginning to come back.

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