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Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora)

Monarda citriodora is commonly known as lemon bee balm or purple horsemint. Horsemint is in the Lamiaceae or mint family. An infusion of the leaves support the treatment of respiratory infections and coughs. The plant is drought tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds find the flowers irresistible. Lemon bee balm flowers have multiple whorls stacked one on top of another and our visitor bee would drink the nectar going in a full circle, spiraling up in the same direction. After flowering, let the flowers go to seed. The plants will readily self-sow in your garden year after year with seed saving.


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