Monarda didyma – Bergamot

Monarda didyma, Bergamot or Bee Balm, Horsemint, Oswego tea, Monarda coccinea is a member of the 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 an antiseptic and is also used for dental hygiene products. Monarda didyma attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

 Monarda didyma bergamot

Monarda Didyma also called Bergamot
 Monarda didyma bergamot

Monarda Didyma or
Bergamot during summer at Kew Gardens

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Dino
I am a flower enthusiast and a gardener at heart. Ever since childhood I loved reading about plants and started gardening at an early age. First by helping my father in the garden and later managing a large garden myself in my teen years. I planted and cared for a large number of plants, flowers, and trees both outdoors and in a greenhouse. To this day I enjoy visiting gardens and parks and learning about new and old specimens and varieties of plants.
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