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.