Monarda fistulosa
Purple Bergamot,
Purple Bee-balm

Monarda fistulosa, Purple Bergamot, Purple Bee-balm

The fragrant purple and lavender flowers of this perennial are narrow, lipped tubes grouped into large, crowded heads. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It's an easy culture and since it spreads rapidly, pick its spot with care.

Grow specs: 2-3 feet. Tolerant of poor dry soils. Luxuriant in good soils. Full sun.

In tea, the leaf is used to treat many ailments, including colic, flatulence, colds, fevers, stomachaches, nosebleeds, insomnia, heart trouble, worms and measles. The poulticed leaves are applied for headaches.

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