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A potpourri of Monarda information (below) as a supplement to other articles.
A plant-based page rather than our usual topic-based page. It's a pivot point where you'll find one set of links to ours and others' articles that involve bee balm. (Go to those links now!)
Monarda are run-around devils we love for their flower, scent and the hummingbirds and butterflies the plants attract.
There are a number of Monarda species. Common names can be misleading, as two different species might be called bee balm, horsemint, Oswego tea or bergamot.
Monarda didyma (below) is the classic bee balm, with the truest red flowers. It also may be the most prone to mildew -- although the whole clan has a tendency to go white with this fungus problem in midsummer if the air does not move well in a garden or the plants are stressed by drought.
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Threatened and endangered native species lists:
Lists of at-risk plants