CT DR RG P
Moisture: Average to Moist
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Width: 2 to 3 feet
Landscape Value: Great as a standalone or planted in groups with plenty of space between plants for good air circulation. Good in borders, rain gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas. Makes a great cut flower.
Also known as Wild Bergamot, this showy, clumping perennial has square stems and toothed, aromatic grey-green leaves that can be used to make minty teas. Stems are topped by heads of lavender tubular flowers that bloom in summer resembling ragged pompoms. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Susceptible to powdery mildew if grown in crowded garden areas with poor air circulation. Tolerates some drought, clay soil, and dry soil. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, and native bees, especially bumble bees. Larval host for Hermit Sphinx moths.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photos by Thomas Muller, R.W. Smith)
Missouri Botanical Garden