Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot  

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural of Wild Bergamot.
Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot - Roger Dahlin
Wildlife Significance
Nectar Source - For hummingbirds, butterflies/moths and skippers. Including Hermit sphinx, Fritillaries, Painted Lady, Cabbage White, Milberts's Tortoise Shell, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Swallowtail, Spring Azure, Great Spangled Fritillary, Red Admiral and bumble bees.

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 of this plant

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower site

Wild bergamot
Wild Bergamot near our vegetable garden
Propagation Notes - Stratifying Seeds For 2013

December  15, 2012
- Seeds placed in Cold Moist Storage  

Fall 2012 - Seeds Collected at Nodding Onion Gardens

Supplies Needed For Seed Stratification -

1. Zip lock plastic bag

2. Few table spoons of Vermiculite

3. Dampen vermiculite - not soggy

4. Store in refrigerator for 6o days

Wild Bergamot - Nodding Onion Gardens
Even late into the fall these fellows were locating dinner
Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery 2011 - NOG 2012 to present
Wild Bergamot - Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot - Monarda fistulosa
Cultivation Information

Height - 3 to 4 ft
Flower Color - Violet
Blooms - July - September
Sun - Full to filtered

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
Soil - Moist  and fertile
pH - 5.0 to 6.5

Family - Lamiaceae - Mint Family

Needs good circulation - plant 16 inches apart
Monarda fistulosa
 Wild Bergamot planted next to our zucchini plants; bees loved this plant as did the zucchini. We enjoyed fried, baked broiled, pickled zucchini long into October.

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.