Delicious lemon scented leaves with outrageous purple blooms
The flowers and decorative bracts are colored outrageously purple, blooming May to August, occurring in multiple dense whorls on the square stems, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and herbalists to the garden. The leaves are deliciously lemon-scented.Lamiaceae Monarda citriodora
Bergamot is a perennial herb in the Mint family. The leaves are very aromatic with a citrusy scent and make a delightful lemony flavored tea, commonly referred to as "Oswego Tea". This herb also has medicinal properties. The stunning flowers will attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects.
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Bergamot is hardy and will tolerate extreme cold.
- Spring Transplant
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- Short, Long
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- Cold, Cool, Warm
Bergamot prefers cool, moist conditions. The plants prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 55°F - 85°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
There's no advantage to starting your seeds in cold soil, so wait until it's warmed up a little, to at least 60˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm)
Bergamot prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade as well.
Bergamot thrives in soil that is consistently moist. The flavor will be inferior if grown in dry soil.
These plants grow best in rich soil, but almost any soil will do.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost
- Small Gardens?
When growing in confined spaces, Bergamot should be divided regularly, to prevent overcrowding. The best way to grow it is in a 5 gallon bucket with the bottom cut out, sunk into the ground to within 2 or 3" of the rim.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Light Green
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