Favourite Plants AtoZ: Monarda

February 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Monarda is commonly known as “bee balm”, “bergamot”, “horsemint” and it belongs to the mint family. Bee BalmIt can easily be identified by the squarish stems. Monarda is a hardy perennial, indigenous to Canada, and the common “wild bergamot” grows easily through out western and eastern Canada. This drought tolerant perennial offers a variety of colours like red, pink, mauve, and purple. Historically wild bergamot was used as a medicinal plant, but today it offers a showy clump of perennial colour in any well irrigated garden. Use it to attract butterflies and encourage the natural pollination process for the birds and bees. It grows well in part shade to full sun, and works well as a cut flower. Plan en mass for best show!

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