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bee balm

n.
Any of various plants in the genus Monarda of the mint family, especially Oswego tea.

[Probably so called because the flowers produce abundant nectar and are attractive to bumblebees.]

bee′ balm`


n.
2. a plant, Melissa officinalis, having clusters of white, scented flowers that attract bees.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bee balm - perennial herb of North Americabee balm - perennial herb of North America  
monarda, wild bergamot - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
2.bee balm - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy headsbee balm - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy heads
monarda, wild bergamot - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
3.bee balm - bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leavesbee balm - bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leaves; a garden escapee in northern Europe and North America
lemon balm - lemony leaves used for a tisane or in soups or fruit punches
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Melissa, Melissa - a genus of Old World mints of the family Labiatae
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MONARDA (also known as bee balm or bergamot) is a great flower at this time of year.
Two other shade-tolerant herbs in Rosen's garden are comfrey (Symphytum officinale) and bee balm (Monarda didyma).
Now, where there used to be ugly concrete barriers and cracked concrete, there are dozens of native plants, some flowering, such as giant blue lobelia, bee balm and turtlehead, along with some berry-bearing shrubs beneficial to wildlife.
On the south side of the fence, triangular-shaped planting beds hold low-growing crops, such as melons, peppers, and squash; herbs; and flowers, such as bee balm and scabiosa, that attract beneficial insects.
As pastures give way to housing and roadsides are sprayed for weed control, plants like butterfly weed, Queen Anne's lace, and bee balm (scarlet bergamot) need new habitat in order to survive.
Bee balm (monarda), ornamental sages (salvias), fuchsia, trumpet vine, vining honeysuckles, penstemon and cardinal flower (lobelia) are all good choices.
2) At right, a hummingbird sips nectar from bee balm plants in the garden.
Some of these are coneflower, bee balm, lambs ear and mint.
For butterflies, he suggests bee balm, black-eyed susan, turtle-head, blazing star, solidago golden rod, ironweed, joe pyeweed, spice bush, rhododendron and sweet pepper bush.
Depending on conditions, she often uses red chokeberry, Joe-Pye weed, native asters, bee balm and blue lobelia in her rain gardens.
And pioneers brewed Oswego tea from the minty leaves of bee balm, M.
The pleasant fragrance of the leaves leads many gardeners to put bee balm into the herb garden, where they can brush against this 2- to 3-foot plant frequently.