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Monarda media (Purple bergamot)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Monarda media

Monarda media Willd.

Purple bergamot

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: MOME

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Linnaeus named the genus Monarda in honor of a 16th century Spanish physician and botanist, Nicolas Bautista Monardes (1493-1588). Monardes never went to the Americas but was able to study medicinal plants in Spain because Spain controlled navigation and commerce from the New World.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink

Distribution

USA: AL , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WV

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Monarda media in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Monarda media in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Monarda media

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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