Thursday, July 07, 2011

Monarda "Gardenview Scarlet"

This bee balm is just about to bloom in a bright red that attracts pollinators. It's also called oswego tea, horsemint and wild bergamot (not to be confused with the tropical citrus plant that flavors Earl Grey). Click on the picture to see it larger.

I picked it up in May when Mom and I visited Perennial Favorites in Rye, Colorado. I plan to write about that soon. I think about it every time I check on the plants I got there. I did buy a few. You know I have no self-control.

(P.S. You can see this bud in bloom in this post.)


  1. That looks gorgeous Kitt! I never see one before.

  2. The bud looks quite different from the bloom. But I was not familiar with them before I started gardening.