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In an effort to contribute to the resurgence of native insect populations, Prairie Moon Nursery will include a free packet of  Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa seeds with every retail order. No need to mention this offer in your web, mail or phone order!  Just look for the free packet to arrive with your order.

We love Wild Bergamot, also called Bee Balm, for its lovely lavender blossom and distinctively aromatic foliage, but mostly for its attractiveness to all kinds of native butterflies, moths and bees.  Deer and rabbits generally will not bother this plant due to the minty smell.  It is a familiar component of prairie and savanna communities on all but the wettest of soils.  Blooming from July through September it complements yellow composite native wildflowers like Rudbeckia, Silphium and Helianthus.  Wild Bergamot seed does not need to overwinter to germinate like many native wildflowers; plant it on a weed-free site anytime late fall through late spring for best results.  It will often bloom in year two.

A Deeper Shade of Green…

Keeping it Real

Understanding the difference between “wildflowers” and authentic native plants

Most people correctly understand “wildflowers” to be those that grow freely, without human intervention. However, the poor quality of the “wildflower” seed mixes now being offered in big-box stores and some garden catalogs prompts us to warn, don’t plant wildflowers!

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