13 August 2017

Wild Bergamot

The Wild Bergamot is blooming and its an indication that the days of summer will soon become fall. When I was young it was a sign that summer vacation would soon be over and school would be starting.

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Horsemint, Bee Balm, Mint-leaf Bea-balm, is a round cluster of individual tubular flowers.

Bees, butterflies and other insects work quickly to gather nectar from the short lived individual flowers that soon drop off the flower head.

Most of the individual flowers have dropped off this head which will turn brown as the seed develop.

Developing seed head.

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