Wild Bergamot

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Wild Bergamot Seeds

Wispy Wildflower, Fiery Food - and Medicine.

Monarda fistulosa
An aromatic and tasty native beauty.
Art Pack, 200 seeds
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In mid summer, this native wildflower graces the landscape with its light lavender blossoms, offering nectar to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. To humans, Wild Bergamot provides food and medicine. Its leaves and flowers are highly aromatic and spicy, like Greek Oregano, and are used similarly. Sip teas made from the leaves and flowers or add them to sauces, soups, and salads. Make tinctures to support the upper respiratory system. Or, most simply, toss the lovely tubular flowers onto any dish.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5 - 25 days
Days to Maturity 365 days
Planting Depth 0-1/4 inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 48 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Growing Instructions

Broadcast Wild Bergamot outside about 8 weeks before the first fall frost, or surface sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost and gently press the seeds into the soil, then transplant seedlings outside in spring or summer, 6-8 weeks later. Plants usually do not produce flowers until their second year. Leaves and foliage are edible, and make a delicious tea.

About the Art and Artist
Art by Wendy Hollender. Botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender crafts beautiful colored-pencil and watercolor renderings of plants - and teaches others how to do the same. She illustrated Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook, by herbalist Dina Falconi.