Beautiful Bee Balm
The tall wildflower Bee Balm attracts attention from a distance with its tall wedding cake layers, and then draws you in with layers of decorative detail.
I love the two-color combination on the large bracts, usually pink on the top and light green on the bottom. The colors vary from plant to plant — the bracts can appear pale silver-washed green or pink, or an intense purple. (You can click on the pictures to see them larger.)
And even more, I love the tiny, speckled, orchid-like forms beneath the bracts. I can picture these colors and textures turned into beautiful ball gowns or ballet tutus.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a post about five Monarda species. Staff members have challenged each other to see how many layers they can find in a towering bloom, and so far the winner has 13! I have only managed to find a plant with 6 layers, here.
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Terrific photos. 😀
Wow, those are gorgeous. Do we have them around here? I have a friend in SC going through a stressful moment (work stuff) and she is taking solace in her bee balm. Now I know why. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pix.
The Wildflower Center gives their range as being from Vermont to Minnesota in the north, so maybe so! Your friend is SC may have the scarlet bee balm which is like little horizontal red cushions with fringe, and those are beautiful too!