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Monarda bradburyana 'Cambridge Scarlet' (Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet')Herb Plant

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Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'(Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet')Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Bergamot or Bee Balm as they are also known are a lovely addition to the border and  'Cambridge Scarlet'  is a lovely example. This erect hardy perennial has green oval toothed leaves, that are highly scented and will form a lovely bush in mid summer growing up to a height of 1M. The stunning tubular claw shaped flowers are as the name suggests Scarlet and produced in fabulous whorls , like fancy crowns, usually with red-tinged bracts. These can be quite show stopping, and the flowers can last well into autumn, dead-heading will help prolong the show. 

'Cambridge Scarlet' has a distinctive bright Scarlet colour, and as the common name bee balm implies they will attract butterflies and bees to the garden in great numbers. 

Preferring moist soil, Bergamot will flourish in full sun or partial shade, and almost any soil type. These prairie plants will add vibrant colour to any border. Cut back in Autumn to ensure good growth in the spring. Plants can be divided in the Autumn every three years or so. 

Herb Usage

Bergamot is probably most recognised as the flavouring for Earl Grey Tea, the leaves produce the same aroma and essential oils have been derived from the plant which are used for their calming effect. Used to make tea and flavour game, Bergamot has many uses, and as the leaves contain citronellol, they are also effective as an insect repellent. The foliage is aromatic, and leaves are sometimes picked for potpourri.

Buy Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet' Online

Our potted Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet' herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Full sun and moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour:
Scarlet
Height x Spread:
90cm x 90cm
Latin Name:
Monarda bradburyana 'Cambridge Scarlet'
Hardiness:
RHS rating H5

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