Also known as Wild Bergamot, this herbaceous perennial that grows from slender creeping rhizomes is a wonderful summer bee plant. The lavender flowers have a spicy scent and sweet flavour. Both leaves and blooms contain antibiotic and antiseptic compounds and were used extensively by North American Indian tribes. They can be used sparingly in salads or made into teas to soothe sore throats and colds. Poultices of the plant can be used for skin infections and minor wounds. A tea made from the plant can also used to treat mouth and throat infections.
Height to 100cm. 9cm pot. Certified organic plant.
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