Bee Balm

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Saturday, April 19, 2014

I read somewhere that the more functions a plant has in your garden, the more useful it is. If you fill your garden with multi-use plants, there’s more of a chance that your garden will work together as a natural system.

What do I mean by functions? Let’s take a look at bee balm, a plant I’m putting in the front flower bed this spring. Bee balm is a perennial herb. It is:

* Attractive to beneficial insects–As you can tell by the name, bees love bee balm. They even sleep under its leaves.

* Beautiful–Bee Balm adds visual pleasure to the garden.

* Edible–The leaves can flavor food and the flowers are a lovely addition to a salad.

* Medicinal–According to this site, bee balm can help in the “treatment of colds, … headaches, gastric disorders, reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, [and] relieve flatulence, nausea, menstrual pain, and insomnia.” Wow.


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So, four functions, one plant. Sounds like a deal to me.

4 Comments »

Comment by Kieron

March 30, 2011 @ 4:42 am

Native wildflowers are remarkable and never cease to amaze me with what they can do for us, if we would just pay attention.

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

April 4, 2011 @ 9:36 am

Kieron, like Emerson said, “a weed a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

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