This great plant was named by Mike and Barbara Bridges, of Southern Perennials and Herbs, for their daughter. Soft lavender pin cushion-like flowers. Quite mildew resistant, with excellent, shiny foliage. Extremely showy. A must for the avid butterfly gardener!
wild bergamot Interesting Notes
This great plant was named by Mike and Barbara Bridges, of Southern Perennials and Herbs, for their daughter. Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' has soft lavender pincushion-like flowers, growing 3-4' tall and 2' wide. When in bloom, it is extremely showy and was covered in 100% flower coverage for over 3 weeks during the three-year-long Mt. Cuba Gardens Monarda Trial. 'Claire Grace' is quite mildew resistant, with excellent shiny foliage. It is a must for the avid butterfly gardener and you'll see why as it blooms from June to July!
Monarda fistulosa can be found as far north as Quebec and Manitoba, spreading down south to Georgia, Louisiana, and Arizona. Beebalm prefers full sun to part sun in average to moist soil conditions. It grows rampantly in moist rich loam but can tolerate drier conditions. In moist conditions, the plant is known to flop so a good plant to plant around other perennials that can provide structure. In drier conditions, the bottom leaves of the stems fall off, which also can be supported and hidden by a layered planting design and strong, perennial neighbors with a different season of interest.
'Claire Grace' is known for its ability to tolerate both wetter and drier conditions. Wild bergamot is particularly wonderful when planted near a spot where one can observe its flowers, not just for the beautiful blooms but also the wildlife attraction and how the seedheads dance in the early morning light after a frost. All Monarda is deer and rabbit resistant due to its aromatic foliage that resembles the taste of oregano. It provides habitat and forage to a wide variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds as well as some specialist insects.
Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' Growing and Maintenance Tips
Found naturally in rocky meadows, thickets and glade margins. Prefer dry to moist, organically rich, well-drained soil in full to part sun. More prolific in full sun. This species is more tolerant of drought and powdery mildew than others. Needs good air circulation. Has creeping rhizomes that usually form in clumps. Propagated by seed and division every 2-3 years. Best used in wild gardens or in naturalized areas.
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs, Consistent Water Needs
Midsummer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds