Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
(a.k.a. Bee balm, Mountain mint, Oregano de la Sierra)
Horsemint, in the mint family, has square stems and attractive flowers. Several species in the Monarda genus can be found regionally.
Monarda punctata has been used as part of a mixture to treat colds, ground into a powder and snuffed up the nostrils to relieve a headache, or as an infusion to treat fevers. It may be hung up in dwellings for its pleasing odor. Birds, including hummingbirds, are attracted to the nectar.
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