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Scarlet Bee-balm (Oswego-tea)
Monarda didyma

Scarlet beebalm is not native to New England, although it is native to the south and west. It has, however, escaped from gardens, and it is occasionally found in the wild in Connecticut.

• Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
• Habitat: wet meadows, thickets, streambanks
• Height: 2 to 3 feet
• Flower size: 1-1/2 inch long
• Flower color: magenta or red
• Flowering time: June to August
• Origin: Midwestern US

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