Bee Balm
Monarda didyma

Zone: 4-9
Height: 24"

General: Easy-to-grow upright mound of aromatic green leaves topped with lavender-pink blooms. Remove spent flowers to encourage re-bloom. Some parts are used in tea, others for poultices. It's said to have antiseptic properties.

Culinary Uses: Used commonly as tea, either alone or with other herbs like chamomile and Valerian. This herb is related to Bergamot (found in Earl Grey Tea) they are in the same family but are a different genus.

Medicinal Uses: Can be used as an aromatherapy treatment to help sooth cold symptoms, sore throat, fever, and congestion. Internally it can be good for improving digestion and overall digestive issues.

Ornamental Uses: Bee Balm has red, pink, lilac flowers in large heady whorls of about 20-50 flowers at the top of the branching stem, supported by leafy bracts, the leaflets are a pale-green color.

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