This lovely, fragrant perennial blooms from midsummer to early fall. It looks great in a wildflower meadow and is frequently used in conservation projects and roadside planting. Very desirable in the garden or in containers. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees find bergamot irresistible. The aromatic flowers and leaves can be used in potpourris and to make tea.
Bergamot will grow well in sandy, clay or loam soil. It needs a well-drained soil, and will perform well in sun or light shade. Sow seeds in spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed a bit. Cover with 1/8 inch of soil and water sparingly once established. This plant will do very well in a dry climate.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Height: 24 to 48
Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
Approximate seeds per ounce: 91,437
Approximate seeds per pound: 1,463,000
1 ounce covers 4500 sq ft
1 pound covers 1/2 acre