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Plains Beebalm / Spotted Beebalm / Pony Beebalm

Monarda pectinata

Description:

Member of the mint family only appears in this area in years with above average precipitation. Crushed leaves smell spicy.

Notes:

From "Wildflowers of the Wildcat Hills" by Connie McKinney "Plains Indians used an infusion of flowers as a wash for insect bites and stings. A tea was used to treat mouth and throat infections, and poultices were used for wounds. Flowers were also gathered, placed in water, and sprinkled on hair as a perfume. Beebalm contains thymol, an antiseptic that is the primary ingredient in modern mouthwash. Ground leaves, reminiscent of oregano, can be mixed with sausage for seasoning."

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Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2013
Submitted on Jul 20, 2013

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