Jul. 2, 2017

wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Here's a native roadside beauty. It's just starting to add its delicate color to our roadsides. Bergamot is a favorite with many. It's easy to find, easy to identify, grows in nice big beautiful bunches, has a catchy name, and the plants are very aromatic. It's easy to find even when not blooming if you happen to walk through a patch and smush a few. It grows in every state except AK, CA, FL, and HI, and in AB, BC, MB, NT, ON, QC, and SK. Chippewa Co WI, 7/8/11.