|Tall, single stalk of Western Wild Bergamot © SB|
This prairie wildflower, which blooms in July and August, also goes by the names of Bee Balm and Monarda.
A member of the mint family, Bergamot has the light scent of Earl Grey tea and has long been cultivated for perfumes.
Western Wild Bergamot also attracts insects and hummingbirds — and is difficult to resist if you are carrying a camera.
For those who can't find Bergamot in the wild, specimens of this lovely plant are grown in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's Native Plant Garden in Regina, Saskatchewan.
|Western Wild Bergamot bloom, amid a cluster of flowers © SB|
Prairie Wildflower: Western Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm, Monarda)
Locations: #1, Royal Saskatchewan Museum's native plant garden, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; #2 Elkwater Lake, Alberta, at the edge of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Alberta and Saskatchewan).
Photo Dates: #1, July 13, 2012; #2, July 29, 2012.