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A beautiful flower of moist areas, meadows, and forest edges, Purple Bergamot produces stunning firework-shaped purple or reddish flowers from July to August over a spray of purple-tinged bracts. Seedheads are upright and persist into the winter, offering winter food for songbirds such as goldfinches. Leaves are fragrant, especially when disturbed or crushed, with a minty scent. Tolerates drought conditions, clay, and disturbed areas, actually showing a preference for roadsides and human-made disturbed locations such as ditches or gardens. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, bumble bees, clearwing moths, and many types of pollinator. Spreads readily by rhizome to form clumps, and the dried leaves make an excellent tea (although this is not where the bergamot of Earl Grey fame comes from). Susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in crowded gardens and if the plant's soil is allowed to dry out. Excellent rain garden plant!

Average To Moist
Sun To Part Shade
2-3' Tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b
Deer Resistant

Native Range: w. ME through MI to IL, south to n. GA & AL

Germination - Very Easy: No treatment required, surface sow.

Purple Bergamot in a 3.5 inch pot $12.75 (Temporarily Sold Out*)

Purple Bergamot Seed Packet $5.00

*We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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