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Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' (wild bergamot)

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

wild bergamot

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!

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3 Feet


2 Feet


12-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

wild bergamot Interesting Notes

In the South, mildew loves the foliage of Monarda. However, this variety was discovered in the Deep South in Tylertown, MS, and selected for its resistance to powdery mildew. Soft lavender flowers appear on 3-4' plants. Barb and Michael Bridges of Southern Perennials and Herbs found this form and named it after their lovely daughter. - Niche Gardens

Wild bergamot is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) that contains at least 3500 species worldwide. Lamium is an old Latin name of a nettle-like plant mentioned by Pliny. The family is noted for its fragrant oils (lavender, rosemary, mint, horehound, thyme etc). Monarda is a North American genus of about 15-20 species of which only one occurs in North Dakota. The genus was dedicated by Linnaeus to Nicolas Monardes (1493-1588), Spanish physician-botanist and author of many tracts about useful New World plants. The specific name fistulosa means "tubular" in botanical Latin, in reference to the flowers.

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.

Good Substitutions

beebalm Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
beebalm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
Eastern beebalm Monarda bradburiana
beebalm Monarda 'Petite Delight'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Native to North America
Propagation Type