Common Names: Wild bergamot, bee balm
Sub-category: Mint family
An herbaceous perennial that grows from slender creeping rhizomes, thus commonly occurring in large clumps. The plants are typically up to 0.9 m tall, with a few erect branches. Its leaves are about 5 to 8 cm long, lance-shaped, and toothed. Its compact flower clusters are solitary at the ends of branches. Each cluster is about 4 cm long, containing about 20 to 50 flowers.
Wild bergamot often grows in rich soils in dry fields, thickets, and clearings, usually on limy soil. The plants generally flower from June to September.
Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White