Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Wild bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of Mountain bluet

Wild bergamot is a classic garden perennial with frilly red, pink, purple or white flowers on long slender twigs. Also known as “Bee balm” this species is extremely attractive to pollinators. Growing to 1 m tall, this species will flower all summer and is tolerant to many soil types.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions