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Monarda citriodora (Bergamot Lemon) Herb Seeds

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Monarda citriodora (Bergamot Lemon)Herb Seeds

Bergamot or Bee Balm as they are also known are a lovely addition to the border and Lemon Bergamot is no exception. 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 90cm. The stunning tubular claw shaped flowers are pale pink with purple-brown bracts,and produced in fabulous whorls , like fancy crowns. These can be quite show stopping, and the flowers can last well into autumn, dead-heading will help prolong the show. 

Lemon Bergamot as the common name bee balm implies will attract butterflies and bees to the garden in great numbers. Great for a wildlife garden for this reason.

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 be it informal or Cottage garden, Herb garden, Prairie planting or a Short grass meadow. Cut back in Autumn to ensure good growth in the spring. Plants can be divided in the Autumn every three years or so. 

Growing Instructions

In late winter or early Spring Sow in pots/seed trays. Cover seed with a  thin layer of compost. Maintain min 15'C. Germination 14-21 days. Keep moist. Plant out when seedlings are big enough to handle. Alternatively, seeds can be sown directly into the ground where required in the spring.  

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. This variety as the name suggests is slightly more lemony and can be 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. The fresh young leaves can be used sparingly in a salad, fruit salads and fruit drinks. Bergamot has an affinity to pork and will improve the flavour of most pork dishes if added during cooking.

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Our Bergamot Lemon seeds are generally available to buy online all-year round.


Other Details

Aspect/Site:
Full Sun/Partial shade
Soil Type:
Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour:
Mauve
Height:
60cm
Spread:
90cm
Latin Name:
Monarda citriodora
Hardiness:
RHS rating H5 - Hardy - Cold winter

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