Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Wild Bergamot
Hardy Zone - 3 to 9Soil - Moist and fertilepH - 5.0 to 6.5
Family - Lamiaceae - Mint FamilyNeeds good circulation - plant 16 inches apart Over the Years - We have discovered that adding native plants to your yard/garden not only provides nourishment for native pollinators; we benefit as well. Native pollinators attract native insect predators whose responsibility it is to devour critters that are attacking our plants. These predators don’t discriminate if their dinner is on a zucchini plant or a lovely zinnia.
Wildlife Significance Wild Bergamot
Oligolectic Bees - Are bees that are very particular as to which plant family they gather their nectar and pollen; so is the case with the small sweat bee - Dufourea monardae and the Monarda fisulosa.
Host Plant - Hermit sphinx (moth) caterpillar
Deer - Are not fond ofWild Bergamot or other plants in the the Lamiaceae - Mint Family
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