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Plant Details

Monarda clinopodia

Basil Bergamot, White Bergamot, Basil Beebalm

Scientific Name:

Monarda clinopodia

Genus:

Monarda

Species Epithet:

clinopodia

Common Name:

Basil Bergamot, White Bergamot, Basil Beebalm

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Mesic, forested slopes (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Plant

image

Tom Harville

Plants with Dodder

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Martha Baskin

Blooms (pure white)

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Martha Baskin

Monardas will cross pollinate. If M. clinopodia has not cross pollinated, it will be pure white, no spots.

Bloom (spotted)

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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