Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot Bee Balm

Exclusive. The Wichita Mountains form of Monarda fistulosa is a wildflower gem blooming in mid-summer with a fabulous display of lavender-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds. Moderately xeric once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to Grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Native
Good for Cut Flowers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Edible
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height30-36" tall
Mature Spread18-24" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SizePlant - 5" Pot
SKUHC014648

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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30-36" tall x 18-24" wide (seed propagated). This showy wildflower species blooms in summer with a spectacular display of lavender-pink, hummingbird attracting flower clusters held on top of sturdy, upright stems. Its attractive, glossy, aromatic foliage looks good all season and is not affected by powdery mildew. Our selection is grown from seed collected in the scenic but climatically challenged Wichita Mountains of southwestern OK. Enduring bone chilling winters, brutally hot, humid summers and periodic drought, Wichita Mts. Wild Bergamont is a fine choice for low maintenance plantings all across the country. It grows easily in full sun plant in most soil types including clay.
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SKUHC014648
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
Common Name
Wild Bergamot Bee Balm
Botanical Name
Monarda fistulosa Wichita Mountains Form
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Native, Good for Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Edible, Adds Texture
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda) is a showy and vigorous old-fashioned garden perennial that blooms in summer. Bee Balm is, as the name suggests, “bee friendly,” deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The varieties we carry are highly resistant to powdery mildew.

  • Plant Bee Balm in full sun (or part shade in hot summer climates).
  • This plant enjoys moist and fertile garden soil.
  • Mulch and water regularly. Water Bee Balm if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Fertilize once annually in fall or spring with a top dressing mixture of Yum Yum Mix and compost.
  • Divide the plants in fall every few years to keep them vigorous.

If you have particularly challenging gardening conditions (hot humid summers, periodic drought, or cold winters--as low as USDA zone 4), we recommend planting Mondarda fistulosa or Monarda 'Peter's Purple' (USDA zone 6) which grow easily in most soil types, including clay. The cold hardy zone 4 varieties are excellent for fall planting.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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