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bee balm

noun
1.
Also called Oswego tea. a wildflower, Monarda didyma, of the mint family, having thin, lance-shaped leaves and white, salmon, or intensely red flowers, growing along streams in temperate forests and widely cultivated in gardens.
2.
a plant, Melissa officinalis, having broad, opposite, serrated leaves and tight clusters of white, lemon-scented flowers that attract bees.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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  • Try planting some bee balm if you want to get a hummingbird's attention.
  • The common name bee balm resulted from the attraction of bees by the fragrance.
  • In addition, they planted milkweed and bee balm to attract and nourish butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Phlox, bee balm and certain asters are susceptible to powdery mildew.

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