• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

  • Other common names bergamot 'Cambridge Scarlet'

  • Synonyms Monarda didyma 'Cambridge Scarlet'

  • Genus Monarda can be annuals or clump-forming herbaceous perennials with aromatic, ovate leaves and terminal whorls of 2-lipped, tubular flowers from summer to early autumn

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Details 'Cambridge Scarlet' is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump to 90cm in height, with aromatic, bronze-tinged, lanceolate leaves and terminal whorls of deep scarlet, two-lipped flowers


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Fragrance Leaf



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect from excessive winter wet and do not allow to dry out in summer. Lift and divide every three years.

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or root basal cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens Prairie Planting

How to care

Pruning Deadhead regularly then cut stems down to the ground in autumn

Pests May be attacked by slugs

Diseases May be subject to powdery mildews

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