Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jul 2, 2012, ratlover1 from Rising Sun, IN wrote:
Easy to grow from seed (I purchased mine from Artistic Gardens).
Pretty plant, fairly fast growing.
I have made tea with it, with fresh leaves. The flavor is very strong, almost medicinal, it reminds me of thyme with a lemony twist. Not really what I was expecting, but definitely different. I will dry some and see if that is more tolerable.
Regardless of flavor, it will remain in my herb garden as a butterfly attractor and as eye candy!
Qualifies as a 60 mph plant for me (though we were only going 55, honest). Stopped and took pics of it on way back through, May 12, 2012. Great color and thriving right next to the pavement of a busy farm road. I should know this plant, as I often make roadside stops to investigate unfamiliar plants, but this one I had not seen and have lived in East Texas my entire life. Knew it had mint/monarda/bergamot characteristics, so found it fairly quickly on the Net. This particular plant seems to have better flower color and form than most pictures I've found for it. If I knew it would transplant alright I'd dig it up and move it rather than see it mowed down by the highway dept. Will definitely be adding this to our yard's landscape.
On Jul 30, 2010, damienstafford from Decatur, IN wrote:
Grew this plant from seed this year for the first time. Some growing in pots on my patio in organic potting soil and some growing in my flower bed behind my garage in plain garden soil that I have in my yard ( some clay in it but mostly good dark soil). Both doing well, however the one in the pot is much bigger. Potted one is in part shade, behind the garage is in full sun. I love the flowers of this plant and the scent of the leaves is wonderful. Planning on trying it as a tea since everything I have read says you can dry it and do so and I love trying new teas! All in all I say that this plant is a great one for having in the garden or on the patio. Bees and butterflies love it and it is very attractive!
On Oct 5, 2006, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
My herb book relates that the leaves are very good in a tea and the the Hopi indians used it to flavor wild game. To bad its an annual, unlike most other Bergamots.
Very pretty and unusual flower. It did well dispite our record heat this year and recieved no water. But it did flop over and lay on the lawn in my very sandy soil. Still growing well, at a new angle. Pleasant scent. Tolerates shade well.
On Jul 18, 2006, carrielamont from Euless, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant arrived as a volunteer in my 6a garden. It has grown very rapidly, although so far it's just taking all the empty space. It acts like a perennial, and now that I know it's an annual, I sure wish I had kept track of those flowers! It has a lovely fragrance, like monarda with a twist of lemon. The soil is haphazardly moist; I'm certainly not paying it any special attention. I'll find out how hardy it is come winter...
On Dec 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This plant is reported to be hardy to zone 6. It prefers a part-shade environment. It is in flower from July to August and the flowers are fragrant. The leaves can be used to make tea. This plant is very easy to grow and is not especially picky about soil types. Bees and butterflies love it.
On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
An easy annual to direct seed in the garden or it can be started a few weeks early indoors. It's fragrant and a wonderful plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Laguna West-lakeside, California Menifee, California Merced, California Boyette, Florida Wauchula, Florida Welaka, Florida Lewiston, Idaho Itasca, Illinois Decatur, Indiana Milton, Massachusetts Mathiston, Mississippi Blair, Nebraska Roswell, New Mexico Cayuga Heights, New York Hannibal, New York Rochester, New York Fuquay-varina, North Carolina Lone Wolf, Oklahoma Spencer, Oklahoma Conway, South Carolina Laurens, South Carolina Middleton, Tennessee Oak Ridge, Tennessee Austin, Texas (4 reports) Brazoria, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Bulverde, Texas Clarksville City, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas De Leon, Texas Fate, Texas Frisco, Texas Houston, Texas Jolly, Texas Kingsland, Texas Lampasas, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Paris, Texas Princeton, Texas San Antonio, Texas (4 reports) Scenic Oaks, Texas Temple, Texas Woodway, Texas Castle Valley, Utah Leesburg, Virginia Wytheville, Virginia North Sultan, Washington Redmond, Washington Seattle, Washington