Family: Lamiaceae (mint)
Known as Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm, it is related to mint. It is often found in gardens but also grows wild throughout almost all of southern Canada and the USA. Although there is only one species, eight different varieties are recognized. Different varieties are found throughout different parts of its range.
The plant’s medicinal uses were recognized by Native Americans. A tea made from the plant was used to treat colds, dental caries and gingivitis and poultices were used to prevent infections in minor wounds.
The photo was taken at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, Illinois.I used ACDSee Ultimate 10.4 to adjust the lighting and boost the contrast and vibrance.
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