DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Native plant widely distributed through eastern North America. Will do well in most soils types, but needs full sun. M. fistulosa is the lavender flowers, while the more eastern species, M. didyma is red flowered.
PART USED: the above ground portion
FUNCTION: Monarda, a member of the mint family, is highly aromatic, with an oregano-like scent mixed with mint. It makes a strong tasting and warming tea useful in the cold winter months.
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