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Bee Balm
Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Bee Balm, Monarda fistulosa, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in open, ponderosa forest on Pinal Peak, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA. 29 July 2011.

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FLOWERS: Head-like clusters of pink, two-lipped flowers at the top of tall stems. Individual flowers are about 3 cm long and are subtended by a group of smaller leaves. Attractive to butterflies and bees.
opposite, serrated leaves of Bee Balm, Monarda fistulosa, photo © by Mike Plagens
LEAVES: Leaves are opposite on the stems and grow larger lower down on the plant. The margins are serrate.

PERENNIAL: An herbaceous plant regrowing for several years from a root stock. The stems in cross section are square.

RANGE: Found in montane habitats through much of Arizona, but also widely planted around cabins and old homesteads.

FRUIT: At maturity the fruit separates into four nutlets.

UNARMED. No spines.

Lamiaceae -- Mint Family

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