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.)
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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