Wild Bergamot

Common Name: Wild Bergamot

Scientific Name: Monarda fistulosa

Family: Lamiaceae

Habitat: Prairies, Meadows

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Height: Up to 4 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Dry, Average, Well drained

Pollinators: Bees, Birds, Butterflies 

Description: Wild Bergamot is a native perennial wildflower that can be identified by its pink flowers and green, toothed mint-like leaves, which have been used in teas. Wild Bergamot grows naturally in prairies and meadows in dry to average soil and full sun to partly shady conditions. Wild Bergamot, which attracts many pollinators including bees, birds, and butterflies, makes a beautiful addition in pollinator gardens and native gardens. This photo of Wild Bergamot was taken in the Woodland Garden at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.