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Monarda didyma 'Balmy Purple' (Bergamot 'Balmy Purple')Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Bergamot didyma 'Balmy Purple'(Monarda 'Balmy Purple')Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Bergamot or Bee Balm as they are also known are a lovely addition to the border and 'Balmy Purple' is a lovely example of this distinctive plant. This erect hardy perennial has green oval toothed leaves, that are highly scented and will form a lovely compact bush in mid summer growing up to a height of 30cm. The stunning tubular claw shaped flowers are as the name suggests a beautiful bright deep purple 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. 

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 but prefers free-draining soil or compost. 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 'Balmy Purple' Online

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



Monarda didyma 'Balmy Purple' (Bergamot 'Balmy Purple')Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour Purple
Height 30cm
Spread 30cm
Latin Name Monarda didyma 'Balmy Purple'
Hardiness RHS rating H5 - Hardy - cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal