Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for July 29 - August 11, 2004
This is 'Marshall's Delight' beebalm, Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight'.
This mint relative has been used to make tea. Other common names for this plant include:
Oswego Tea, Bee Balm, Bergamot and Firecracker Plant. Hummingbirds are attracted to the red flowers.
This native perennial dicot is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.
You can see 'Marshall's Delight' beebalm in the National Herb Garden.