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Wild Bergamot

photo wild bergamon aka beebalm

In the meadows of the Black Hills you can find many wild flowers.  Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) also known as beebalm or horsemint, is abundant in late July into early August.

photo horsemint aka bee balm

 

Beebalm is widespread across much of North America, and South Dakota’s Black Hills is no exception.  The plant contains thymol, an antibacterial compound.  People native to the area used the plant to treat wounds and in a tea for cough and colds.

 

If you spend time hiking the Black Hills and are interested in the flora found in the area,  I encourage you to pick up a copy of Plants of the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains you’ll learn a lot about the plant species in the area.


About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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  • Amanda Davis August 11, 2011, 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation. We’ve use Edible Plants of the West, but it doesn’t seem to do the Black Hills justice. We always enjoy reading your blog!

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