Blooming Beebalm in Boulder

There is a beautiful Boulder meadow currently filled with magenta beebalm

Upper Shanahan Ridge with Beebalm

Upper Shanahan Ridge with Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa menthifolia)

This is part of a stunning .5 mile of the Mesa Trail between the North and South Shanahan trails. The shortest route is about a 1.5 hike west from the Shanahnan Ridge trailhead on Lehigh Rd. The GPS coordinates are 39°57’36.12″N 105°16’47.56″W.

Here is another view toward NCAR Mesa with Green Mountain and The Flatirons as backdrop and wild bergamot up close and personal. It was captured on July 27 @ 9:45am @ 39°58’8.64″N  105°16’6.70″W…

View toward Green Mountain from North Shanahan Ridge

View toward Green Mountain from North Shanahan Ridge

Here are some interesting facts about beebalm (a.k.a., horsemint, wild bergamot)…

-Beebalm is an edible and medicinal mint.
Beebalm leaves and flowers and stems are used in alternative medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant.
The red variety is commonly known as Oswego Tea. It was used by colonists in place of English tea after the Boston Tea Party,
Beebalm was used as a medicinal plant extensively by Native Americans who used also as an active diaphoretic (sweat inducer) for ceremonial sweat lodges.
-It is aromatic and suitable for sachets and potpourri
-It is sought after by bees and butterflies (at the same time)…
Bee and Butterfly Necturing on Bergamot
 
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