Bee Balm – Monarda didyma
Bright red fireworks all summer. The red color attracts hummingbirds. The alternate common name Oswego Tea refers to the use of the leaves for a tea
by the Oswegos of New York and by the colonists when they pitched the English tea into Boston Harbor. Full or part-sun, rich, moist to clay soil.
Related to Bergamot, monarda fistulosa…Bee Balm likes it at the bottom of the hill where it’s more moist, whereas Bergamot likes it at the top of the hill, where it’s well drained and breezy.