Wild Bergamot

This meadow has several varieties of Monarda or Bergamot. The lilac and pink varieties are called Wild Bergamot. Fragrant. Considered a medicinal plant by many native tribes, made into a tea. Also made into hair pomade. A natural source for the antiseptic thymol, which is used in modern mouthwash. Mint family. Native. (with Eastern Black Swallowtail)

Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)