Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm) Seeds
Zone: 3 to 9.
Native to North America.
Wild bergamot or bee balm has showy lavender flowers between July and September. Its natural habitat includes, fields, meadows, thickets and woodland clearings. Leaves are are grey-green, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) across, with serrated margins. The leaves are aromatic and can be used to make an herbal infusion. The plant attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It is a good choice in herb, bird and butterfly gardens as well as woodland gardens and for naturalizing landscapes. It does well in full sun or part shade in moist, loamy soil. To prevent powdery mildew, provide good air circulation by avoiding overcrowding. Deadhead spent flowers to promote blooming.
Size: Height 2 to 4 ft; Width 2 to 3 ft.
No stratification is required. Sow seeds outdoors in October or indoors in late February or March. Cover seeds only slightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet. Seeds should germinate within a couple of weeks or so.