Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) Quick Facts:
Nectar plant to many pollinators, especially Swallowtail butterflies
Native to US except AK, CA, and FL. Native to Canada
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9
Full to partial sun
Dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil
Clusters of white and violet flowers bloom from summer to fall
Grows up to 3 feet tall
Space 1 – 2 feet apart
Propagated with seed or division
Divide every 2-3 years
Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm for Swallowtails!
This Bee Balm (Monarda Fistulosa) is a native plant in the US. It is known for being highly attractive to a wide range of butterflies but perhaps it is known best for attracting Swallowtail butterflies.
This plant is in the mint family. Its violet blooms, full of nectar, appear in July and continue into the fall. It will die back in the winter but more plants will appear in the spring and it is beneficial to Bee Balm to be divided every 2-3 years.
Wild Bergamot is one of the plants that is often listed in top nectar plants for attracting butterflies.
To read more specifics about this plant please visit our detail description at Wild Bergamot Seeds!