Oswego Tea or Bee Balm

Oswego Tea or Bee Balm
(Monarda didyma)

A compact, crown-like whorl of showy flowers is 3-4 inches in diameter and has bright red leaf-like bracts just below it. The 3-6 foot tall perennial is native to the northeast and can be found along the banks of mountain streams.

Monarda is widely planted as an ornamental and the leaves have a strong mint fragrance when crushed. July-September.

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