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Bergamot

Monarda didyma

Also known as

Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Bee Balm Tea Plant, Fragrant Balm, Hare Mint, Indian Feathers, Indian Plume, Lad's Love, Low Balm, Mountain Mint, Robin-Run-Around, Rose Balm, Sweet Bergamot, Scarlet Beebalm, Bee balm

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Bergamot Overview

Monarda didyma is commonly known by the names Bergamot and Bee Balm, amongst many others. It is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Lamiaceae family. Bergamot is an easy to grow and fast-spreading plant that can be grown as an ornamental due to its bright showy flowers or harvested for their edible leaves and flowers. This plant is fragrant and the scent is reminiscent of mint. They also attract birds, bees and butterflies and will make a lovely addition to any garden.

Common problems with Bergamot

Bergamot Companion Plants

Tomatoes

How to harvest Bergamot

Leaves can be picked throughout the spring and summer, and the flowers once they have opened.

How to propagate Bergamot

Seed

Sow seeds indoors mid to late spring, 5-8 mm deep. Germination takes 10-40 days. Transplant seedlings in early summer. Seeds can also be sown in situ.

Division

Divide clumps every 3-4 years in spring or autumn either in pots or in situ.

Cuttings

Cuttings of soft basal shoots in spring. Harvest shoots with underground stem when 8-10cm above ground. Plant in individual containers in light shade til they root. Plant out in summer.

Special features of Bergamot

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and butterflies.

Crop rotation

Bergamot is a medium feeder and should be fertilised every spring.

Attracts birds

The flowers attract sugarbirds.

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container in a mixture of perlite, peat moss, dry compost, vermiculite and some compost in a sunny location.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Bergamot

Medicinal

Medicinal

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