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Common Name: BERGAMOT
Scientific Name: Monarda didyma

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Monarda didyma
Monarda didyma
Monarda didyma


  • Perennial
  • Hardy perennial - ovate toothed leaves with bright red claw-shaped flowers.
  • Full sun / semi-shade.
  • Cut back in autumn.
  • Divide every 2-4 years.
  • Can plant in pots.
  • Attract bees - also called Bee balm.

Culinary Uses

  • Flower petals and chopped leaves:
  • In salads, fruit cups, fruit drinks and pork dishes.
  • Make a tea - gives Earl Grey tea it's distinctive aroma.

Parts Used

  • Whole plant. Leaves and flowers.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Tea eases sore throat and nausea
  • Rich in tannin, minerals and vitamins
  • Eases digestive and respiratory symptoms.
  • Lowers fever.
  • Mild menstrual regulator.

Other Uses

  • Facial steam for any skin type.
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