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The Monarda fistulosa species of Bee Balm is more common than the close relative
Monarda didyma (Oswego tea). Monarda fistulosa, also known as Wild Bergamont
has light purple flowers. The flowers have a spiked appearance. The plant
has opposite lance shaped leaves and grows to about 4 feet tall. Being
in the mint family, the stems are square. The leaves are fragrant when crushed.
The plant is visited by honey bees. The Oswego Tea species, shown in image
6, has red flowers.
The Monarda fistulosa (light purple) species can be found
in open patches on mountain slopes and along roadside banks. The Oswego tea species can be found at the Huntsville Botanical Garden wildflower area.
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