Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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    Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
    Mint Family
    This Beebalm has lovely pale pink blooms and sweet, aromatic foliage reminiscent of the other wild bergamot used for Earl Grey tea. This is an aggressive species and is best sited in informal gardens, meadows, and other spaces where it has room to sprawl. The lower half of the plant will drop its leaves as the summer progresses, so planting other tall, bushy plants around the base can work nicely. Powdery mildew is common in stressed, overcrowded plants, so thin often and plant in a site with adequate moisture. This plant can be cut in half in mid-spring for bushier growth or to prevent flopping.
    Blooms: Pink, 3-4 weeks, June-July
    Leaves: 4” long, serrated, ovate, simple, hairless
    Height: 2-4’
    Space: 1-2‘
    Soil: Average
    Exposure:  Full-Part Sun
    Fauna: Long-tongue bee, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds
    Seeds: Small seeds tucked away in dried, button-like flower heads
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: NC ecotype, seed grown