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Wild Bergamot (Horsemint)

Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with pinkish flowers
Sometimes called beebalm, wild bergamot (or horsemint) is a native mint with a long history as a valued Missouri herb. Some people make tea from it, but most of us enjoy its large, colorful flowers. More

Wild Bergamot (Horsemint)

Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with lavender flowers
One way to distinguish wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) from the closely related Bradbury beebalm (M. bradburiana) is to look at the leaves. Wild bergamot’s leaves have definite leaf stalks, while the leaves of Bradbury beebalm are essentially stalkless (sessile). More

Wild Bergamot (Horsemint)

Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with pale purple blooms
Many types of insects, including bees, wasps, moths, and butterflies, visit the flowers of wild bergamot to drink nectar. This is one reason this native plant is so popular with gardeners. Another is that you can make an herbal tea from this plant. More

Wild Bergamot (Horsemint)

Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with lavender flowers
Monarda fistulosa
Sometimes called beebalm, wild bergamot (or horsemint) is a native mint with a long history as a valued Missouri herb. Some people make tea from it, but most of us enjoy its large, colorful flowers. More

Wild Bergamot (Horsemint) (Flowers Closeup)

Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint, closeup of flowers
The floral tubes of wild bergamot can be about 1½ inches long and end 2 lips. The lower lip is broad and recurving, and the upper lip arches upward with the stamens protruding. The details of flowers can be impressive, and purchasing even a cheap hand lens can open up a world of wonders. More