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Description for Bergamot, Bee Balm
Monarda fistulosa is an herbaceous perennial that grows from slender creeping rhizomes, thus commonly occurring in large clumps. The plants are typically up to 3 ft (0.9 m) tall, with a few erect branches. Its leaves are about 2-3 in (5â€“8 cm) long, lance-shaped, and toothed. Its compact flower clusters are solitary at the ends of branches.
Planting and care
Best grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
Caring for Bergamot
- Give plants a thick mulch, especially in northern growing areas.
Typical uses of Bergamot
Special features: Provides color and contrast for the herb garden, wild garden, native plant garden, meadow or naturalized area.
Culinary use: All parts of the plant make a delicious tea.
Ornamental use: This Plant is often used as a honey plant, medicinal plant, and garden ornamental.
Medicinal use: Bergamot does have medicinal uses. It induces perspiration, lowers fevers, and through its carminative action, aids digestion. It has been used for colds, fevers, headaches, gastric disorders such as flatulence, nausea and vomiting. Externally, the fresh leaves are applied to pimples and other skin eruptions.
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