Monarda Didyma, Bergamot or Bee Balm, Horsemint, Oswego tea, Monarda Coccinea is a member of Lamiaceae family of plants. The leaves are fragrant and it was named after spanish botanist Nicolás Monardes from the 1500s. It is a herbaceous perennial with lanceolate leaves. The flowers are pink and hermaphroditic (contain male and female organs) and appear in the summer.
Plant Monarda Didyma in the sun and in moist but well-drained soil. They grow to about 1 meter tall. The leaves are fragrant and they taste like spearmint and oregano. It is native to north America and was used by American Indians as a spice. For medicinal purposes this plant is considered as an antiseptic and is also used for dental hygiene products. Monarda Didyma attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.