Monarda is a genus of a few dozen species, part of the mint  family Lamiaceae.   Also called horsemint and bergamot.

Native to North America.

🚧 In the future, we will add here identification paths for specific species of monarda, starting with very-showy large combined blossoms, magenta ∼30 petals (many tubular);  herbaceous, stem shape=■ square
🐝︎ scarlet beebalm  Monarda didyma
and probably horsemint  Monarda fistulosa.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Used as host by caterpillars of 7 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
Uses by butterflies,
planting info

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