Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)Packet: ~85 seeds (0.05 gram) More info942 available
This mint family perennial (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Wild Bergamot or Lavender Bergamot, grows delicate crown-shaped pale pastel purple flowers and foliage with a scent reminiscent of the bergamot citrus. The entire Monarda genus has been historically used as a cold tea, topically as a wound poultice, and as a food / seasoning. One popular contemporary use is making Bee Balm Flower-infused Honey. These plants need some care in the seeding and transplant stage, but are well worth the attention. Once established Bee Balm is quite hardy; the plant has a rhizomatic growth habit but doesn't aggressively spread. If you plant seeds early enough in spring you will get flowers within its first year of growth. On a lark we inter-planted our Bee Balm plants with actual lavender (Lavendula sp. ) thinking it would be pretty to see have the two blooming together. It worked out quite well, actually. 120 days to bloom from seed. Perennial.