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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) 

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Wild bergamot is a native species and a good one to have around.  It's fairly common along roadways but will usually grow just off the really hard-packed shoulder.  It is sometimes called bee-balm, although bee-balm is actually its cousin, Monarda didyma, which no longer occurs in Michigan, according to the Michigan DNR.  There is also another "bee-balm", thought to be a cross for gardeners between M. fistulosa and M. didyma.  It has large colorful flowers.  The leaves of wild bergamot can be used to flavor tea.  In Europe, wild bergamot is the flavoring in Earl Grey tea. 

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