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Monarda didyma - Oswego tea, Scarlet Bee Balm
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Host of the hermit sphinx moth, hummingbirds, and generally other species. Good in an orchard as the aromatics deter pests and attract beneficial and predatory insects!
Leaves, shoots, and flowers can be used raw or cooked, as a tea or potherb. Makes an aromatic antiseptic tea, stimulating and soothing to the digestive system. Nervine qualities particularly for someone with an upset stomach due to anxiety. Used as the flavoring for Early Grey tea. Pfaf.org
Spreads by rhizomatic runners.
☀ Grows in full-part sun in medium to moist soil. 2-4’ high and 2-6’ wide.
✿ Flower time: June-August
✔️ Somewhat deer resistant.
Source: Local ecotype Size: 1.5 pt.
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Fernwey Native Nursery is an urban homestead located in Elizabethtown, PA. Pickups can be made here at the nursery or at one of the market + events dates and locations listed. Please specify on the checkout page when and where you plan to pick up. Orders placed will not be available for same day pick up. If picking up from the nursery, you will receive an email to schedule your pick up.