Tè Oswego

Botanical name: Monarda didyma

Endemic to North America, Hummingbird is an herbaceous perennial plant of the genus Monarda, whose name was given in honor of Nicolás Monardes, a Spanish physician and botanist who first in the 16th century described the flora of the new world.

The species of this genus were widely used by the tribes of North American natives as healing and in particular the didyma Oswego Indians was used in the preparation of aromatic herbal tea dried leaves. The early settlers did not pass unnoticed this practice and soon began to consume this tea by the aroma of bergamot as a substitute of tea imported from the motherland.

Even today Hummingbird leaves infusions are prepared, to which those provisions confer a kind Early Grey. Even the spectacular red flowers that the plant brings in summer are edible. Ideal to be eaten as a salad or as a decoration on desserts.

Data sheet

  • Family
  • Duration
  • Dwelling
    Full Sun
  • Temperature
    Rustica (from -5° to -20° c and above)
  • Watering
  • Land
    Well drained
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