Monarda, in honor of Nicholas Monardez, a physician of Seville in the 16th century. Most of the species are aromatic, and resemble mint in their habits and mode of cut ture.
M. didyma. - Oswego Tea. - A perennial, native of North America, as are all the species; an ornamental plant, three feet high, with very brilliant scarlet flowers from June to August.
The leaves are sometimes used as a substitute for tea, and known by the name of crimson balm, or bergamot.
M. fistula has light purple flowers, not so handsome as the last. There are also other species which, in a large collection, would be interesting.