Plant Information

Scientific Name: Monarda fustilosa

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Monarda fustilosa
Monarda fustilosa


  • Perennial
  • Fragrant, slender perennial with erect dark colored, square stems and opposite lanceolate, gray-green tapering leaves - can grow up to 1m.
  • Lilac to pink flowers (looking like ragged pompoms), are produced at the ends of branches and appear from mid-summer to autumn.
  • Will spread into a nice clump but it is not aggressive and will not take over.
  • Needs full sun or partial shade and moist to slightly dry conditions.
  • Hardy - will die back in winter and grow out again in spring.
  • Attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves smell minty and are edible, raw or cooked.
  • Cook with meat, flavor beans, salads and cooked foods.
  • The flowers make an attractive edible garnish in salads.
  • The fresh/dried leaves and young shoots can be brewed into a refreshing aromatic tea.

Parts Used

  • Whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Internally:
  • Active diaphoretic (sweat inducer) - soothe bronchial complaints and ease colds, catarh, fever and headaches.
  • Relieve gastric disorders, digestive flatulence, colic and nausea.
  • Natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash formulas - treat mouth and throat infections. Use in poultices for skin infections and minor wounds.
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