Basil Bee Balm

Monarda clinopdia

This tall, native mint can be found right now, in July, growing in fields and along roadsides. The tubular-shaped flowers are massed in a compact head at the top of the plant; each flower is white with red flecks.  The leaves are simple, opposite, and gently toothed. Like all the bee balms, the fragrant flowers are frequented by bees and butterflies of all kinds.

Basil Bee Balm is also commonly known as white bergamot. The leaves can be dried and used as a tea.

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