Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild bergamot photograph

Also known as Beebalm. Perennial plant 2 to 4 feet tall with tubular pinkish or lavender flowers arranged in dense, globe-shaped heads at tops of stems. Blooms July-August. Leaves opposite, to 5 inches long, toothed, lance-shaped. All plant parts have a minty fragrance. Dry prairie, thickets, old fields; often forms colonies. Leaves and roots used medicinally by American Indians.