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Monarda fistulosa ( Wild Bergamot) 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.

Wild Bergamot(Monarda fistulosa)Herb in 9cm Pot

Bergamot or American Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm as they are also known are a lovely addition to the border and Wild 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 60-120cm. The stunning tubular claw shaped flowers are lilac 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. 

Wild 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. 

Herb Usage

Wild 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. 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.

Buy Wild Bergamot Online

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

Monarda fistulosa ( Wild Bergamot) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour White
Height 120cm
Spread 90cm
Latin Name Monarda fistulosa
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
  • 5
    Monarda Fistulosa

    Posted by Janet Mansell on 3rd Apr 2022

    Excellent plant with lots of good root growth. Looks very healthy. Just hope they survive the current Arctic conditions

  • 5
    Wild Bergamot

    Posted by Allison Laird on 17th Aug 2021

    Although no flowers yet, these plants are tall, healthy and have good root systems. Looking forward to flowers.

  • 5
    Beautiful and Hardy

    Posted by Suzanne on 28th Jun 2021

    This plant is thriving straight out of the box it arrived in. Very well packaged, keeping it safe and well hydrated. Excellent quality plant that's been well raised!

  • 5
    Wild bergamot

    Posted by Fiona Kemp on 18th May 2021

    Beautiful healthy plant of good size, packaging best I’ve seen- no damage whatsoever. I’m so impressed.

  • 5
    Wild Bergamot

    Posted by Amelia on 17th May 2021

    Arrived fresh and in great health. Wonderful!

  • 5
    Bergamot review

    Posted by Annabelle on 10th Aug 2020

    Great condition and packaged to travel in really good packaging.

  • 5
    my recent order

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Jun 2020

    Thank you for the speedy delivery of plants ordered. plants are most satisfactory. I will be recommending you to others!

  • 5
    Super star

    Posted by Lena Lawrence on 13th Jun 2019

    I have now ordered two of these bergamots as I adore the colour and am hoping the bees and butterflies will be attracted to them in droves. I will be planting them in full sun where they should grow and be a wonderful sight. The plants supplied were lovely and healthy and arrived within only a few days. I will definitely be ordering from Hooksgreen again.