Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is a well known and highly adaptable native plant that thrives in all but the wettest soils.
Bee balm is spicy, warming, stimulating, and diffusive. While its taste is similar to thyme and oregano, it assuredly has its own special flavor.
Although bee balm is easily grown in the garden, this spicy mint is endemic to North America and can be found growing wild throughout the US and Canada (see the USDA range map below). It has been used as medicine extensively by many different Native American tribes, including the Cheyenne, Cherokee, Choctaw, Navajo, Lakota, Ojibwa, and Winnebago.
It was used by Native Americam tribes for centuries to combate flatulance.
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