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Bergamot, also known as bee balm, is an aromatic plant with a scent of citrus and mint. The tubular lavender flowers are arranged in showy, head-like clusters resembling pompoms. The flowers are a popular source of nectar for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and sphinx moths. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and moisture levels. The plant is used for tea and herbal medicines by Native Americans. The plant spreads by rhizomes and readily self seeds, making it best suited for larger areas. If too aggressive, plants can be hand pulled or cut back in June. Bergamot is found in mesic to dry prairies, thickets, open woods and savannas.
full sun to partial sun
2 – 4 ft.
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