Index- plants in this Family
Lamiaceae / Mint
White Bergamot (Monarda clinopodia)
White Bergamot is also known as Basil Bee Balm.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 100cm in height (39inches).
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 13cm in length (5inches). Each leaf is toothed, ovate to lanceolate with a rounded base. Petioles 1 to 3cm (0.4-.75") long.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape . They are white or yellowish. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into early fall. The flowers are in a compact rounded head, usually single and terminal but sometimes with another head stacked above the first on the same stem. The lower lip of the flower is usually marked with purple spots. Bracts white or marked with white.
Habitat: Woods. Mostly mountains in our area.
Range: Much of northeastern U. S. as far south as the mountains of South Carolins.

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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Lamiaceae
Mint
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Monarda

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