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Bergamot has edible leaves and flowers that can be added raw to salads, but more typically the leaves are steeped in boiling water to make tea. The plants produce wonderful red pink flowers that are enjoyed by butterflies and bees, and make a great addition to an ornamental garden.

The plant grows to about a meter tall, and may need staking, especially if growing in a pot. Water regularly to prevent the leaves becoming chewy. Sow seeds indoors in the spring, buy as a pot, or ask a friend or neighbour to divide a plant they have at home (in the spring).


Class: Perennial
Size: Regular
Hybrid: No
Planting: Spring or Summer
Harvesting: Summer & Autumn

Planning what to grow? See the allotment planner and record keeper.