Thursday, July 08, 2010

A very special wildflower

Here is one of my very favorite summer wildflowers. This is Bee-Balm, or Oswego Tea. My trusty Summer & Fall Wildflowers of New England tells me that this plant is a member of the mint family and that "Bee-balm grows along stream banks and in moist meadows to a height of from two to four feet. It is a flower the humming birds seek."

And they do. The pictures cannot do this gorgeous flower justice. A friend gave me a plant years ago and now there are five. It seems to vary from year to year how many come up. The jewelweed tries to take over, but I don't allow that. Here are three of the plants.

And my very favorite photo, a close-up of this beautiful flower.


  1. I love bee balm...mine are purple and the hummingbirds love them sooo much! As do I!

    Warm wishes,

  2. Susie,

    Thanks for stopping by! Wow, purple bee balm! Those must be beautiful. I imagine the butterflies might be drawn to them as well as the hummingbirds.

    God bless,

  3. I have some ruby red that are in bloom now, but you can't see them through the weeds. Also some Asiatic lilies that are hiding. When we get everything in place up here, I will need to rearrange the flowers so they can be seen. I'm afraid to plant anything near the top of the hill close to the house, 'cause they will get trampled. At it is, I need to move some that came up on their own and I want to save.

    Brandon spent last night with Joanna and will be back with us tonight and Saturday night.

    Hope you're keeping cool.
    See ya Sunday.


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