Eastern Wild Bergamot

Monarda bradburiana

Also called Horsemint, Eastern Beebalm

  • Clump-forming perennial
  • Two-lipped pale purple to whitish flowers in spring
  • Each flower is nestled in showy purple-tinged bracts
  • Aromatic greyish-green leaves


Purple (pale)

40-60 cm

40-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in an average to moist soil, in full sun, however, it is tolerant of partially shady locations. Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem for monarda, although some cultivars are more resistant. All monarda should be planted in open areas that receive good air circulation and keep a consistently moist soil, to help prevent mildew problems. Mature clumps should be thinned out. 

Additional Notes about Eastern Wild Bergamot:

Almost native to our area. 

The common name: Bergamot is somewhat misleading. Though teas can be made from Monarda leaves, the Bergamot in Earl Grey Tea is derived from an oil extracted from the rind of Citrus bergamia, a citrus native to Southeast Asia.