Plant – Monarda punctata/Spotted Bee Balm

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“Monarda punctata is a herbaceous plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, that is native to eastern Canada, the eastern United States and northeastern Mexico. Common names include spotted beebalm and horsemint. It is a thyme-scented plant with heads of purple-spotted tubular yellow flowers above rosettes of large white- or pink-tipped bracts. The plant contains thymol, an antiseptic and fungicide. It was historically used to treat upset stomachs, colds, diarrhea, neuralgia and kidney disease.” ~ Wikipedia

I’ve seen this plant in the wild and found it this year at a local nursery. It is certainly nicknamed correctly…bees love it!

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I’ve also seen hummingbirds hovering over the plant.