Rose-Scented Bee Balm, Bergamot
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Rose Scented Bee Balm (Bergamot). Leaves of this unusual variety of bee balm have a wonderful rose scent. Makes an excellent mosquito repellent & dried material can be for use in potpourri, etc. Very large lavender colored flower heads when in bloom attract hummingbirds and bees to the garden. Bergamot is traditionally a tea herb, flowers and young leaf buds can also be eaten or used as a culinary garnish.
Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, Wild Oregano or Horse Mint, is an aromatic herb in the family Lamiaceae, native to North America. Blooming into beautiful, tubular violet to pink blooms, this vigorously growing herb resembles a firework explosion when flowering.
Bergamot has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by many Native Americans. The Blackfeet Indians used this hardy perennial in poultices to treat minor cuts and wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by gingivitis. Traditionally used to ease bloating and digestion because of its carminative properties, as well as to treat headaches and fevers, Bee Balm makes a strong and slightly spicy tea, tasting of mint and oregano.
A very helpful companion plant & mosquito repellent, the Thymol contained in the plant's roots keep pests at bay, while the tubular purple flowers at the top of the plant attract many useful pollinators. This herb is a huge hit with hummingbirds and will make a terrific border to your garden. The flowers and leaves are good ingredients for making potpourri too.
Bee Balm Plants Are a Perennial Garden Favorite
Gaining renewed popularity as a culinary herb, Bee Balm makes a wonderful addition to pizzas, salads, breads and any dishes that are complimented by the herb's unique flavor. Minty and slightly spicy, Bergamot makes a great substitute for Oregano. The plant's flowers, leaves and stalks are edible and can be dried and added to breads, teas, and used as a savory seasoning for your favorite dish!
Zones: Perennial in zones 4-10
Size: up to 36"H x 18"S
Light: Full to part sun
Bloom: Lavender to pink, blooms in the Summer
Uses: A fragrant culinary herb, Bergamot tastes minty and slightly spicy, similarly to Oregano. The plant's bright, tubular blooms repel mosquitos & attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. A wonderful medicinal herb, Bergamot contains a natural antiseptic which is found in commercial mouthwashes.
Tips: Plant Bergamot (Bee Balm) as a beautiful addition to your garden or in containers to attract pollinators. This colorful herb is also a great companion plant and will keep underground pests away, while attracting helpful predatory insects and pollinators. Especially great for planting near tomato plants, Bergamot actually improves the health and taste of their fruits. In the kitchen, try Bergamot on pizzas, in tea, and to season meats and fish. A fantastic native herb!
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