Bergamot, Lavender (Monarda fistulosa), packet of 100 seeds
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 3 to 10
Herbaceous perennial native to western united states. Makes tight clusters of lavender, long-tubed flowers that attract hummingbirds and children to nibble. Fantastic fresh cut flower and tasty tea herb. Sow in spring, by sprinkling seed in pots or on surface of a prepared seed bed, working in shallowly with fingers, and tamping well. Keep evenly moist until germination, which takes 1 to 3 weeks. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart.
100 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s
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Nick E (verified owner) –
Sowed a 6 pack with 1-2 seed per cell, then transplanted into various beds in yard by May. They didn’t do much that year other than persist. Overwintered great into thick clusters. No flowers year 1, I imagine that’s typical? Expecting some great production this summer. This 1 picture is was the other 6 clusters resemble.
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Richo Cech –
hi nick, right, the advantage of herbaceous perennial is they come back every year, and the disadvantage is that they usually don’t flower until the second year. as opposed to annuals that are likely to flower first year. of course there are exceptions, but for the most part if you see “herbaceous perennial” in the description, you would have to get started very early to see flowers in the first year and can expect voluminous flowers spring to summer of the second year. r
Kimberly Cook –
Hi Richo, Would you please tell me what the difference is between the Lavender Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) and Sweet Leaf Bergamot (also M. fistulosa)? I grew two different plantings of M. fistulosa in my medicinal garden, the first in 2021 and the second in 2022. The first one is much sweeter in smell and taste as opposed to the other being more like an oregano smell and taste. I never could figure out the difference and after reading your catalog I see that you have two different listings for M. fistulosa, and am wondering if this is the difference in my two plantings. I would appreciate your thoughts and experience with each. Blessings!
Richo Cech –
Thanks for writing! I think your description of the qualities of the 2 Monardas is consistent with how the plants smell and taste. Standard form, that can be found all across the continent, is more bitingly savory in taste. The “sweetleaf” is an ecotype from N. Dakota and it is sweeter in smell and taste. What one runs into is that although plants may have the same Latin nomenclature, there can be differences ascribed to variety or ecotype.