Monarda fistulosa  L. - Wild Bergamot


 

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Monarda fistulosa - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Lamiaceae

Habitat

Various. Includes dry and mesic prairies, pastures, thickets, sandy oak savanna.

Associates

 

 Distribution

Southern Canada and most of the U.S. except CA and FL.

Morphology

Aromatic, perennial herb. Leaves opposite, petiolate, acuminate, more or less serrate. Flowers in solitary, terminal clusters; corolla lavender, the upper lip nearly straight, softly pubescent and densely villous at the apex; stamens surpassing the upper lip.

Notes

Flowers late June to early October

Wetland indicator: Facultative Upland

An attractive species that is easy to grow in full sun and is drought tolerant.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 

USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov).
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

 


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