Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Many lavender flowers on the ends of multiple plant stems.

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Introduction

Bergamot has lavendar colored flowers and is common along roadsides in old fields and prairies. It may be found in most soil types, often at the edge of forests, but are also found in dry, mesic, or wet prairies. The plant grows to 2 or 3 feet. It is a member of the mint family and is distasteful to insects, although many species will nectar at its flowers.

Native Americans found many medicinal uses for this plant, including as an antiseptic for skin infections and minor cuts and abrasions. Some drank it as a tea to cure headaches.

Blooms: June through August

Find It

This attractive flower can be aggressive and form large stands. It is often in the seed mixes used on prairie and savanna restorations.
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Last updated: March 6, 2018

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