is a member of the mint family. What we think of as
showy lavender flowers are really the purplish bracts.
- These flowers attract bees (especially bumble bees) and
butterflies when they bloom in May, June and July.
aromatic leaves are also used in teas; in fact, another
common name for the Bee Balm is Oswego tea.
Balm is one of the hosts for the Hermit Sphinx moth.
This caterpillar is described as he 'black knight' of
caterpillars. Both the caterpillar and the moth are
chocolate brown with black markings.
Updated, December, 2016