Monarda citriodora Cerv. ex Lag. - Lemon Bee Balm
Family - Lamiaceae
Flowering - May - July.
Habitat - Pastures, dry disturbed sites, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in a handful of counties mainly in south-central Alabama. The plant can be identified by its square stems, opposite, thin leaves, and multiple verticillasters terminating the stems. The bracts of the inflorescences are aristate and often colored like the flowers. The plant frequently (but not always) has a lemon or citrus smell when crushed.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 146, Lee County, AL., 5-21-05.