Bergamot Plant

Bergamot (Bee Balm, Monarda didyma) is a local long-lived plant of North America, before used as a tea dipsomaniac by a Oswego Indians. Bergamot was ostensible to have calmative qualities and an distillate was used to provide colds.

The plant is a good further to any enclosure or herbaceous limit for it is appealing with low red flowers that act as a focal indicate in any tone intrigue nonetheless it can be invasive and, if grown in a container, is best cramped within a pot plunged in a soil.

Bergamot has a dim green, forked leaves – some varieties have reddish veined leaves. Bergamot compulsory a fertile, dampness retentive dirt and morning object or prejudiced shade for successful growth.


How to plant? Start with purchased plants, set out in spring. 30 cm any approach is a good spacing for an initial planting of 3 plants. Bergamot is a slight spreader, though not invasive like mint. Over time, a happy plant will form a pile 120 cm high and wide.

The flowers are most used in pot pourris for they are heavily scented with a clever citrus smell and their tone is striking. As a name implies they are really appealing to bees.

The plant grows approximately 4 feet high and roughly as wide, creation it a good elaborate limit plant. It has hairy stems, a hairy pom-pom core surrounded by scarlet-purple petals and a minty fragrance. Other bergamot class such as lemon or orange bergamot have a citrus fragrance. Harvest stems to dry for tea in early summer, before a plants bloom. The plants will regrow after cutting, afterwards bloom.