Sun: Full, partial

Moisture: Dry to medium-wet

Height: 4'

Bloom Time: July-September

Bloom Color: Lavender

Genotype: Superior Township and Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County.

Indigenous interactions: The Ojibwa placed chewed leaves in the nose for headaches, and also infused the plant as a drink for fevers or a drink or bath for infant convulsions. They also boiled the plant and inhaled the steam for bronchial problems. Meskwaki people made a compound for colds. (Moerman, 1998).


This hardy mint-family native offers puffs of lavender blossoms in summer that attract hummingbird moths, butterflies, long-tongued bees, other native bees, and bee flies. It is a host plant for the Snout, Gray Marvel, and Hermit Sphinx moths. The Xerces Society recommends this species as "highly attractive to pollinators" in the Great Lakes region.

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot/Bee Balm)