“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Square stem with fine hairs; leaves opposite, on short stalks, up to 5 inches long and 2 inches wide; leaves toothed along the margin; lower surface sometimes a faint purple; a fragrant aroma when crushed
3 – 5 feet
Much branched and pleasantly scented, it is prominent in summer. Flowers may be lavender, lilac or rose
Found in a variety of grassland habitats from native prairie to disturbed pastures. Easy to establish from seed and is often used in native-plant seed mixes. It blooms the second year from seed and readily spreads in new plantings. Wild bergamot is a good nectar source for insects.