Wild Bergamot is common in this area and is in flower now. It is used to flavour Earl Grey tea but makes a rather 'perfumy' tea on its own. It should not be confused with the less common, Cleome which is in its glory now in the Community Forest. This plant belongs in the caper family and shows off unique pea like pods. It is a different member of this family which supplies the capers for cooking. It is unfortunate that these two plants are commonly called Rocky Mountain Bee Plant(Cleome) and Bee Balm (Bergamot)! When carefully observed, it will be seen that the appearance of the leaves and structure of the flowers are very different. Bergamot or Bee Balm loved by bees of course quickly gives itself away with it's strong scent.
|Cleome serrulata, commonly called Rocky Mountain Bee Plant|
|Cleome in the Community Forest|
|Monarda, Bergamot or Bee Balm|