I wasn’t going to miss another Three for Thursday hosted by Cindy over at My Corner of Katy. Right now I have three pink natives blooming in my garden. I might be stretching a point to all this bee balm pink, but it is not brilliant scarlet so I am including it. Bee balm, Monarda, is native to North America as are the other two pinks in my garden. Bee balm is in my herb garden in front of the house even though I do not use it medicinally or in tea – although I could. It is sometimes called Oswego tea
Echinacea is credited with being the most used herbal plant in the world. It is considered an immuno-booster. My husband takes echinacea capsules whenever he feels a cold coming on. I do not harvest any part of my echinacea for medicinal purposes. I’m happy to let it bloom in the garden and let the birds eat the seeds.
Pink turtlehead is another late blooming native. It is pollinated by bumblebees and I was very amused to watch the bees on this clump searching for blossoms that they could enter and harvest nectar. When they find a suitable blossom they are almost entirely hidden by the petals. My clump is about three feet tall and very healthy, even with this dry summer.