(also called Spotted Bee Balm)

Monarda punctata

Monarda punctata cowles bog.jpg
Monarda fistulosa  - cowles bog.jpg

Wild Bergamot

(also called Lavender Bee Balm)

Monarda fistulosa

Bee Balm (Monarda  spp.) of Northwest indiana

Bee balm's normal distribution is limited to North America.  In the Indiana Dunes area, there are two native speceis, Monarda fistulosa and M. punctata.  The scarlet bee balm, M. didyma, is native further east but has escaped landscapes in Northwest Indiana.  Bee balm is famously known for their essential oils which are present on all of the species.