Monarda is a genus of the mint family and is made up of 16 species that are all endemic to eastern North America, meaning they do not naturally occur anywhere else in the world. Also commonly called horsemint and bergamot, the leaves of the plant are fragrant and have been used in teas, as spices, and in medicines.
Bee balm prefers sunny environments and some species can tolerate damp soils. While flower color varies by species, bee balm’s pink, red, and purple flowers attract a plethora of pollinators like orange-belted bumblebees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and many butterfly species and other insects.
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