Bee Balm (2 Gallon Container)
"Monarda is a genus consisting of roughly 16 species of erect,
herbaceous, annual or perennial plants in the family Lamiaceae. The
genus is endemic to North America. Ranging in height from 1 to 3 feet
(0.2 to 0.9 m), the plants have an equal spread, with slender and longtapering
(lanceolate) leaves. The leaves are opposite on the stem,
smooth to sparsely hairy, with lightly serrated margins, and ranging from
3 to 6 inches (7 to 14 cm) in length. In all species, the leaves, when
crushed, exude a spicy, highly fragrant oil. Of the species examined in
one study, M. didyma (Oswego Tea) was found to contain the highest
concentration of this oil. Common names include bee balm,
horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot, the last one due to the leaves'
fragrance resembling that of Citrus bergamia fruits."