Some call it bergamot, others call it bee balm. Plants in this family of monarda have been used to treat and cure ailments, from skin infections to flatulence. I like it because it’s a low maintenance plant that brings color and tons of bees into the garden.
I planted it last year but it didn’t grow very tall. Unfortunately, I planted squash nearby which eventually dwarfed the plant and it went into a sort of hibernation. This year, it came back with a vengeance, growing taller than my 4 year old in a few short months. It’s nearly as tall as me at this point!
Would I plant more of it? Sure, I may even buy more starts and plant them in the front of my house where they’ll pop among the other flowers.
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