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Natural History

Bergamot is a member of the Mint Family. The plant grows to 3 feet in height and has triangular shaped, yellow-green leaves which grow in pairs of two on either side of the stem to 2.5 inches in length. It can typically be found growing in in moist pine and spruce-fir forests at elevations between 5000 and 9000 feet.

Bergamot is also called horsemint and mintleaf beebalm due to the fact that the leaves have a strong mint odor when crushed.

Bergamot blooms between July and August and produces a purple globular flower which grows at the end of the stem.

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