Monarda, 'Lemon Bergamot'
(Monarda citriodora) A member of the mint family, this perennial flowering herb is native across much of the United States and Mexico. Vertically stacked whorls of impossibly vibrant purple flowers prove irresistible to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and just buzzing with pollinators (hence another common name for it, “bee balm”). The young leaves and flowers are edible and have been long used to lend a lemony-citrusy taste to herbal teas, sweets, and even liquors. They are also excellent as cuts with a long vase life. Usually grown as a half-hardy annual.
90 days, UO
Packet: 100 seeds
Product Code: MON-LB-pkt
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Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant after last frost.
Note: Deadhead to prolong blooming period.
10-30 days @ soil temp 60-70F
Average. Prefers well-drained, and evenly moist soil.
Irresistible to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and just buzzing with pollinators
Deadhead to encourage blooms.
Edible young leaves and flowers.
Fresh and dried flowers.
Harvest in the cool of the day and when whorls begin to color purple. Expect a vase life of one week. Hang to dry.