This easy-to-grow native perennial is a true pollinator magnet! It will bring long-tongued bees, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, hummingbird moths, and many other insects to your garden. And of course, hummingbirds will feed on its nectar too!
This wild species will perform better in soil that hasn't been heavily amended - in rich and overly moist soil, it may flop and spread quickly.
Otherwise, it forms strong clumps with long stems. The leaves are grayish green, have an oregano/minty fragrance, and can be used for teas. The flowers of Wild Bergamot are a light lavender with lavender-green bracts; the blooms appear in the summer.
Great plant for an herb garden, wild garden, native plant garden, pollinator garden, hummingbird garden, low maintenance garden, meadows or naturalized areas. May be used in perennial borders.
Blooming Time: June and July
Size: 5' tall x 3.5-4' wide
USDA Zones: 3 to 8
Culture: grows well in any soil (average, clayish, poor, rocky, shallower or disturbed soils) and sunny/mostly sunny location
Moisture Needs: average
Origin: native wildflower to all the states (except Florida and California) and southern Canada (USDA distribution map), often found in calcareous soils
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: yes / yes
Attracts Hummingbirds: yes
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot