Also called crimson bergamot or oswego tea, this eastern North American native is known and planted widely as an ornamental, but also has a long history of medicinal use by various Native American groups. It is known for its antiseptic action, and use as a poultice for skin infections and minor wounds. An herbal tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections. With a taste remarkably similar to oregano, the OAEC Kitchen often uses its leaves and strews its brilliant flowers as garnish on pizzas and other Mediterranean dishes.
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: Herbaceous perennial spreads by rhizomes and grows to 4' tall
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Nutrient rich soil
Origin: North America
Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower