This selection features tubular, two-lipped, rose-red flowers that cover the plant in summer producing a massive show and an irresistible attraction to native pollinators. Outstanding when massed, long bloom, and mildew resistance make this a must-have plant in any native garden.
Grows well in average to dry soils
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Edible flowers, also a great cut flower
Stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects
Blooms all summer
Disease resistant - powdery mildew
Openings and moist thickets; Maine to Michigan south to Ohio and West Virginia, then down the mountains to northern Georgia.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Oswego tea (Monarda) has a pungent oregano meets mint aroma. Traditionally used for tea, it also is fantastic steamed to help with respiratory issues. For an easy tea, use fresh or dried flowers or leaves steeped in hot water.
Place in a sunny area with good air circulation. Thin clumps to improve air circulation after several years if they get too crowded. Remove old flower heads the first few weeks plants are blooming to prolong bloom. After that, let flowers go to seed so birds and other creatures can eat the seed. Leave the stems standing in winter to provide homes for beneficial insects.