50 Natives : Pennsylvania : Monarda didyma (Bee Balm, Bergamot)

Bee Balm has to be one of my favorite plants. The purple variety is nice, but the Red (Monarda didyma) simply takes my breath away. I love it paired with lavender…I am actually planting a huge swath of the pair this year in my own garden. This plant in a native to Pennsylvania and most eastern United States. It is also known a bergamot and has been used extensively through history for medicinal purposes.

Fellow Bostonians — you might find it interesting to know that Oswego Tea (which is made with Bee Balm) comes from the Oswego Indians who taught the immigrants how to use it for tea after the Boston tea party in 1773. A fun fact to prove your yankee chops.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Waxyhearts on April 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I heart Bee Balm too! Except for the bees it brings – cause my silly dogs think they are fun to sniff!

  2. louise garwood on April 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Please see new native GORGEOUS spring ephemerals available at New England Wild Flower Society’s nursery.
    Happy Happy SPRING!!!

  3. High Desert Diva on April 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    One of my very favorites.

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