What is it? Monarda fistulosa, also known as wild bergamot or bee balm, is a wildflower in the mint family.
Native to where? It is native to much of North America.
Hardiness Zone: Plants are hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.
What does it look like? It has showy summer-blooming pink to lavender flowers. The plants are typically up to 3 feet tall, with a few erect branches.
Bloom Time: Plants bloom in July, August, and September.
Growth Habit: It grows from slender creeping rhizomes, thus commonly occurring in large clumps. The plant is noted for its fragrance.
Growing Conditions: It is a highly adaptable native plant that thrives in all but the wettest soils. It grows in full to partial sun.
Environmental Benefits: The fragrant lavender flowers are a popular nectar source for pollinators and attract a wide variety of bees and butterflies. Hummingbirds may also visit. It is a host plant for the Hermit Sphinx moth.
By Eric Hunt - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91403406
Plant Pickup Day is Saturday, May 18 at Nanny Park, corner of 5th Street and Oak Street in Baraboo, from 9 am to 12 pm.