Monarda citriodora

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This space age monarda will grow as either an annual or perennial up to 2 feet tall in zones 5-9.  Also known as lemon bergamot it really is this wild looking.  It will tolerate a variety of garden soil in sun or partial shade.  The leaves are edible either raw or cooked and are used as flavoring in salads and as a tea.  They have a lemony flavor.  Contains phenol and citral and is sometimes used as an insect repellent similar to other highly scented herbs.

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Photo by C. Gondolfi.

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