A Field Guide to the Prairie

Wild Bergamot
Photo: Ken Robertson
Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa
Mint Family (Lamiaceae)
Habitat/Range: Common throughout the tallgrass region and prairie thickets, pastures, old fields, and occasionally in open dry prairies.

Fragrant mints with branching stems to 5 feet tall. The long, naroow, purple flowers are clustered in rounded heads at the top of the stems. The crushed leaves smell like oregano.

Bergamot tea has been used for various medicinal purposes and is still used for herbal teas.

Text from: Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers : A Falcon Field Guide : A Nature Conservancy Book

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