• WordNet 3.6
    • n monarda any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monarda A genus of labiate plants, type of the tribe Monardeæ, characterized by the anthers having a very small connective, the cells confluent into one, and by having a tubular calyx with fifteen nerves, which is almost equally five-toothed. They are odorous erect herbs with entire or toothed leaves, and quite large flowers arranged in a few terminal or whorled heads, surrounded by many bracts, and varying in color, being bright-red, purple, white, and in one species pale-yellow. About 7 species are known, all natives of North America. M. punctata, the American horsemint, is stimulant and carminative. M. didyma, the Oswego tea. or bee-balm, has bright-scarlet flowers. M. fistulosa is the wild bergamot.
    • n monarda A plant of the genus Monarda.
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In literature:

All the Monardas are natives of North America, and, consequently, quite hardy in this country; they are also herbaceous and perennial.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
There were malvas and purple monardas, and flowers of the cotton-rose, five inches in diameter.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
The {185} Monarda or bee-balm, too, hides a sweet sip in each of its red tubes for his special benefit.
"Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
Monarda fistulosa L. Mint family.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn

In news:

The botanical name is Monarda, commonly called bee balm.
There are many native monardas which are great naturalizing perennials for your drought-tough garden in full sun to part shade.