Oswego Tea


  • USDA Zones 4 to 9 (Find Your Zone)
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Wet to Average Soils
  • 2 to 4 Feet Tall and Wide
  • Showy Red Flowers in Summer
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies


Oswego tea, or Monarda didyma, is a perennial native to Eastern North America. Oswego tea typically grows in moist woods and bottomlands in full sun to part shade. Flowering occurs in late July with a profusion of dense, red flower clusters. Flowers are highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Leaves can also be used in salads or teas.

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