Jul 07 2012
This flower looks like it’s having a bad hair day but that ragged look attracts many pollinators.
Bee balm’s (Monarda didyma) nectar treat is deep inside those long, red tubes. Each tube is a flower with stamens and pistils just waiting to touch a visitor.
The color is red, the tube is long. It’s perfect for hummingbirds.
And for moths that resemble hummingbirds — like this hummingbird clearwing.
Love that tousled look.
(photos by Chuck Tague)