Monarda fistulosa L., Sp. Pl. 22 1753.;

Wild bergamot or bee balm[1] (Monarda fistulosa) is a wildflower in the mint family (Lamiaceae) widespread and abundant as a native plant in much of North America.[2]  

This plant, with showy summer-blooming white flowers, is often used as a honey plant, medicinal plant, and garden ornamental.[3]  
The species is quite variable, and several subspecies or varieties have been recognized within it. 
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) is an herbaceous perennial that grows from slender creeping rhizomes, thus commonly occurring in large clumps. The plants are typically up to 3 ft (0.9 m) tall, with a few erect branches. Its leaves are about 2-3 in (5-8 cm) long, lance-shaped, and toothed. Its compact flower clusters are solitary at the ends of branches. Each cluster is about 1.5 in (4 cm) long, containing about 20–50 flowers. Wild bergamot often grows in rich soils in dry fields, thickets, and clearings, usually on limy soil. The plants generally flower from June to September.[4] 
(From  Wikipedia on 20.9.13)




Flower for ID – New York – 130913 – RK : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors.

17/06/13 – afternoon – Highline Park – New York

Would appreciate ID – Common & Botanical – if possible.This is the only pic I have of this plant.

This is a cultivar of Monarda fistulosa [Lamiaceae].

Thank you very much, … Googled it & found the Common Name – Wild Bergamot.




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