Wild Bee Balm, Lemon Mint
Synonym: Monarda aristata, Monarda dispersa, Monarda tenuiaristata
The Bee Balms are used to make herbal tea and to perfume pot-pourris. They are also cultivated for their ornamental value as well as their scent. They are well loved by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
The genus name is after Nicholas Monardes, a Spanish physician from Seville who wrote in the 16th century about New World medicinal plants. The species name comes from Latin for "citrus smell".