Resembling the common Wild Bergamot, but usually very sparingly hairy or nearly smooth and bright green; bracts of the inflorescence deep purple and very conspicuous; the flowers purple or purple-red and showy.

In moist thickets, Maine to Ontario, south to Pennsylvania and Virginia. Flowering from June to August.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 190

B. Purple Bergamot   Monarda media

B. Purple Bergamot - Monarda media

The Horsemint (M onarda punctata Linnaeus) is densely pubescent or downy with lanceolate, linear-lanceolate or narrowly oblong leaves; flower clusters terminal and also axillary in the upper leaves; bracts white or purplish and showy; corolla yellowish, spotted with purple, about an inch long. Common in dry fields, southern New York southward and westward.