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Monarda fistulosa “Bergamot” Bee Balm - 200 seeds

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Item Type:

Bee Balm



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Monarda fistulosa



Monarda fistulosa “Bergamot”

Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Horsemint


Packet containing 65mg,

Average contents 200 seeds.

Hardy Perennial, Herb



Flowers:                       Pink/lavender

Blooms:                       July - September                       

Height:                         60-90cm (24-36in)

Spread:                        60-75cm (24-30in)

Position:                      Full sun or partial shade

Soil:                             Moist to dry sandy soil.




Monarda fistulosa is a beautiful, lavender-coloured, perennial flower native to parts of eastern Canada and south to Georgia. The handsome plants produce a mass of mauve-purple blooms (even in their first year from an early sowing) and uniquely scented foliage.


Bergamot is famed for its medicinal qualities; it is oil of bergamot that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour. While in the perennial border, it is simply less brightly coloured selection than the similar-in-appearance Monarda didyma and its many cultivars.


It does best in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a wide variety of conditions from wet to dry, will perform in poor dry soils and be luxuriant in good soils. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies, this species has the added advantage of having good resistance to mildew.




Sowing            Sow late winter/late spring or late summer/autumn.

Monarda is easily grown from seed. They can be started early in pots or sown directly where they are to flower once all danger of frost is passed. 


Sowing in Pots:

Surface sow at 1.5mm (1/16in) deep in pots or trays containing good seed compost. “Just cover” the seed.

Make sure the compost is kept moist but not wet and seal inside a polythene bag until germination which can takes between 10 to 40 days at around 16 to 21*C (60 to 70*F).

Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to 7cm (3in) pots. Harden off before planting into their final positions. Space 30cm (12in).


Direct Sowing:

Plant 1/8in deep in good quality compost. Germination takes 10 to 30 days. Thin out when large enough to handle, so that they are finally 30cm (12”) apart. Provide additional water if necessary until the plants reach 30cm (10”)



Resist the temptation to crowd plants too closely--they will spread of their own accord soon enough. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom.

Clumps should be divided every three years to remove excess woody growth which will over time retard good growth..


Culinary Use:

Use young leaves for flavouring for meats. The petals are edible in salads.


Medicinal Use:

In tea, (Oswego Tea) the leaf is used to treat many ailments, including colic, flatulence, colds, fevers, stomach aches, nosebleeds, insomnia, heart trouble, worms and measles. The poulticed leaves are applied for headaches. Both leaves and blooms contain thymol-related antibiotic-antiseptic compounds.


Pest Repellents:

When crushed, the leaves can make an effective insect repellent


Ornamental Use:

Bedding plant, Informal / cottage garden, Bee & Butterfly garden. Herb Garden, Cut flower arrangements and to perfume pot-pourri.


Native to Midwest America, this genus takes its name after Nicolas Monardes a 16th century botanist/ physician, from Seville in Spain. He wrote extensively in the 16th century about New World medicinal plants and is considered one of the founders of experimental pharmacology. The species name comes from Latin "citrus" and "odoro" to "give a fragrant smell".



There are many other varieties of Monarda listed in the ebay shop, both wildflower and cultivated species, in single colours or mixed colours.


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