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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. 


Image Source:

By Eric Hunt - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Bee Balm

  • 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. 

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