Also called beebalm (and punctuated bee balm and bee-balm), although its sister-species are sometimes called that, too.

Part of 🐝︎ beebalm / bergamot / 🐎︎ horsemint  genus Monarda in ◼︎ mint/sage  family Lamiaceae.

Native to most of 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Canada and USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Genus used as host by caterpillars
of 7 species of butterflies and moths,
in some areas.
  We find our Monarda flowers very popular with 🐝︎ pollinators.  An important food source (especially in dense stands of this plant) for 🐝︎ bumblebee  genus Bombus.

Poster of monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus lifecycle, larval host plants, adult nectar plants, and growing info for these plants.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Bloom dates, height, light, moisture, etc., for use in smaller yards (Pennsylvania).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 44)   Bloom dates (Michigan).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 5)

Learn more about wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa

🔍︎ 🔍︎ images Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Michigan Flora (Minnesota) Wildflower Garden Minnesota Wildflowers Missouri Botanical Garden Missouri Plants Native Plant Trust USDA PLANTS db Wikipedia