Sunday, March 8, 2009

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline': first signs of spring growth!

[Photo: Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline': new spring growth!Monarda didyma, known in English as bee balm, bergamot, Oswego tea, or firecracker plant, and in French as monarde, thé d'Oswego, bergamote, or mélisse d'or is a perennial in the mint family native to much of eastern North America, and also the northwestern United States. Its flowers are very unusual and hard to describe—some say they look like jester's hats or fireworks; and are a lovely red.

This is one of the first plants coming up in the garden this spring; even at this early stage the leaves have that amazing Monarda scent!

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