Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Horsemint
Native to eastern North America. Bushy, leafy clumps grow to 2–4 ft. high with an initial width of about 1 1/2 ft.; after that, they spread rapidly at the edges but are not really invasive. Dark green, 4–6-in.-long leaves have a strong, pleasant odor like a blend of mint and basil. In summer, upright stems are topped by tight clusters of long-tubed flowers much visited by hummingbirds. Divide every 3 or 4 years. Not long-lived in areas with warm winters and long, hot summers.
The basic species has scarlet flowers surrounded by reddish bracts. All bloom over a long period of 2 months or more when spent flowers are removed. Don’t let soil dry out.
These annual and perennial plants are grown as herbal remedies and for culinary use.
All of these odd-looking plants have decorative stems, but those of P. macrocarpus are bare m...
Small genus of plants from sunny, moist areas in South America. Species include a spreading mound and ...