A picture of a Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Also known as

Bee Balm 'Cambridge Scarlet', Bergamot

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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a close up of a red Monarda didyma 'Cambridge Scarlet' flower with green leaves in the background
A photo of Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet' Overview

Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet' is a herbacous perennial with a clumping habit. It typically reaches a height of around 90cm, producing aromatic foliage and large, bright red, 2-lipped flowers. Leaves are lance-shaped and tinged with bronze colouration. Flowers are showy and in whorled arrangements. These appear from summer to autumn and this cultivar grows well in full sun and partial shade. It does best in moist, humus-rich soils and doesn't do well with dry summer weather, remember to water! This plant is also commonly known by the names bee balm 'Cambridge Scarlet' and bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'.

Common problems with Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet' Companion Plants

How to propagate Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Division

Divide in spring.

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings are best taken in spring.

Seed

For species, propagate by seed in spring.

Special features of Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Grown for their aromatic foliage as well as their flowers.