Monarda fistulosa L. (Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm)

3 Jul

 

Monarda fistulas. This is a plate from The Botanical Magazine, Volume 5. 1792 http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/7355. Author: William Curtis

Monarda fistulosa L. This is a plate from The Botanical Magazine, Volume 5. 1792
.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/7355. Author: William Curtis

 

Known as wild bergamot or bee balm (Monarda fistulosa L.), this perennial is a member of the mint family. Its nectar attracts birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. According to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, wild bergamot is very easy to start from seed. Maybe we should try to collect and dry the seeds for next year?  Its beautiful — and considered especially beneficial to bees and butterflies! –Denise     

Source listwildflower.orgplants.usda.gov

 

 

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4 Responses to “Monarda fistulosa L. (Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm)”

  1. sansley July 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    I saw this blooming today; it was beautiful. I like the seed saving idea!

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