Sunday, July 5, 2009

Development of Monarda didyma flowers

First the bracts turn dark red... [Photo: Monarda didyma in bud.]

Then the flower buds colour up... [Photo: Monarda didyma flower buds.]

...and grow larger. [Photo: Monarda didyma flower buds.]

Almost open... [Photo: Monarda didyma flower almost open.]

...and here's a fully opened inflorescence in all its glory! [Photo: Monarda didyma in full bloom.]

Bee balm is such an easy to grow plant, and attracts hummingbirds (though I have not seen this myself). I would expect that this is a healthier way of feeding hummingbirds than a feeder filled with sugar water, and lower maintenance too.

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