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Bergamot, Red (Monarda didyma)


Attracts Bees and Butterflies


Height: 2 feet
Aspect: Full sun or partial shade
Soil Type: Moist and rich
Uses: Decorative and Culinary
Care: Herbaceous - Cut back in autumn. Crowns should be split every few years
Usually available: All year but usually April to September
Pot size supplied: Grown in a 10 cm (4 inch) pot
Hardiness: LEVEL 1 - see 'Description' tab below

Bergamot, Red (Monarda didyma)

Bergamot, Red – Monarda didyma

Bergamot, Red – Monarda didyma is a hardy perennial with aromatic foliage. It has fantastic scarlet flowers in the summer which are truly spectacular when planted en masse. As the other name of ‘Bee Balm’ suggests it is also highly attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Bergamot grows well in rich moist soil in a sunny or semi shaded spot. Cut back in autumn. Split crowns every few years.

The aromatic leaves are used to make Oswego Tea. Add a leaf to your everyday tea to get that ‘Earl Grey’ flavour. The leaves are also good in cool summer drinks, cocktails and wine cups. Dry flowers to add to potpourris.

Bergamot also has medicinal properties.



Product Description

This plant is grown in a 4″ (10cm) pot. It is ready to be placed (weather permitting) into it’s final position. You will receive an instruction label which gives you further cultural instructions.

Note: If the Plant is in season but not in stock it may be available in small quantities. please contact us for stock. Read more on availability here

This plant is LEVEL 1 – Fully hardy UK wide

These levels are determined by Norfolk Herbs and are to be used simply as a guide. Our levels go from 1 (fully hardy) to 6 (requires a heated environment over winter).


Additional information

Weight0.5 kg

2 – 3 Foot

Life Cycle



Yellow, Orange, Red

Ideal for Bee & Butterfly




Planting Position

Full Sun, Semi-Shade

Herbs for Tea


Ideal for Tubs & Containers


Culinary Herbs

Drinks, Salads



Herb Group




Pot Size

1.5 Litre potted plant, 10cm (pot width) plant, 2 Litre potted plant

Width / Spread

1-2 feet


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