Wild bergamot is a member of the mint family, sometimes referred to as horse mint. It blooms July-September with a lavendar bloom reminiscent of mini-fireworks. Hummers and pollinators will flock to this native but deer and rabbits will avoid it due to its aromatic foliage. While it prefers a sunny, dry location, it is tolerant of a variety of environmental conditions. Propagate by seed, cuttings or division. Start seeds indoors on surface of planting medium and germination will take place in 1-2 weeks; transplant when 3-4" high. Seed can also be direct sown in early spring.
Monarda fistulosa, Wild Bergamot
Height: 2'-4'. Spread: 2'-3'. Lavender blooms July to September. Direct sun. Tolerates dry soil. Start indoors or direct sow. Germination: No pre-treatment.