Bergamot Seeds - Wild Bee Balm
- 100 Seeds Packet
- Plant Type: Frost hardy, ensuring survival even in colder temperatures.
- Blossom Beauty: Begins with white flowers in late spring, transitioning to rich shades of purple and red as the season progresses.
- Pollinator Magnet: Attracts a variety of beneficial insects, making it essential for ecological balance.
- Light Requirement: Thrives in full sunlight, but can tolerate partial shade.
- Growth Habit: Prone to bushiness when pinched at the tips.
- Plant Size: Can grow to an impressive height, becoming a garden standout.
- Blooming Duration: Has a prolonged blooming period from late spring through to late summer.
Historical Context: Wild Bergamot, scientifically known as Monarda fistulosa, has a rich history spanning North America. Native tribes historically utilized this plant for its myriad medicinal properties. Its name "Bergamot" is derived due to its aroma, reminiscent of the bergamot orange.
Culinary and Medicinal Uses: Though not as popularly consumed as its counterparts, the leaves of the Wild Bergamot can be brewed into a pleasant tea. Traditional medicinal applications range from treating colds to alleviating certain digestive disorders. Additionally, its aromatic quality is often employed in fragrances and as a flavoring agent.
Growth Habits & Planting Instructions: For optimum growth, choose a location that receives ample sunlight. While the Wild Bergamot loves the sun, it will also accommodate partial shade. Planting can commence in spring, either through direct seeding or transplanting seed starts. If opting for a fall planting, ensure its directly onto bare soil. As the plant grows, pinch the tips to encourage a bushy growth habit. During the late spring, look forward to the delicate white blossoms that will gradually take on shades of purple and red. This plant is not just a visual delight but also a haven for pollinators. Regular watering and occasional pruning will keep your Wild Bergamot thriving.