Beebalm: Monarda

Species in this genus:

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var menthifolia)

Overview of bee balm, Monarda fistulosa var menthifolia. This is a very pretty mint, with it's colorful lavender-pink flowers. It's available for flower gardens and I have some growing at home. A guide taking a group along the trail called it by one of its common names, wild oregano. It's also known as mint-leaved bergamot, mint-scented bee balm, and oswego tea. Photo taken on 15 July 2004 on the Columbine Canyon to the Meadows Trail.

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