A PERENNIAL growing to 1.5m noted for attracting wildlife like bees and butterflies. Large clumps has erect branches with lance-shaped toothed leaves and solitary compact flower clusters of pink to lavender flowers. It is often used as a honey plant, medicinal plant, and garden ornamental. Grow in any well-drained soil, but can grow in heavy clay soil. It prefers a full sun position. Flowers are edible and aromatic leaves are used raw or cooked. A common North American tribal medicine, it is still used somewhat in modern herbalism.
Wild bergamot is used as an aromatic flavouring for salads and cooked food, and the leaves brewed into a tea. Carminative, it was often used to treat digestive complaints. It is also diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. Good for fevers, colds and sore throats. Externally applied as a poultice to help soothe skin erruptions. The leaves have been used as an insect repellent.