'Scapes

August 8, 2009 

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STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN ROTTET

A swallowtail butterfly gathers nectar from bee balm flowers in northern Durham County. Bee balm (Monarda) flowers are brilliant additions to late-summer herb gardens and flower borders. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other nectar-seeking creatures covet the tubular flowers on the plant's rounded flower heads, and the leaves and flowers can also be made into tea. Other common names include horsemint, wild bergamot and Oswego tea. The genus was named for Nicolás Monardes, who wrote a book in 1574 describing plants found in the New World. Source: www.garden.org www.garden.org

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