Hey guys this is Josh her with Trillium: Wild Edibles. I wanted to bring you guys an identification video, on Bee Balm. This is one of the varieties of Bee Balm we have here in the state. Some of the varieties are red, or purple. Like an actual purple, purple. Some of them are pink, and some of them are white. Then some of them are variations of either one of those colors. This is in the mint family. These flowers are very distinct. They lower petal is kind of like a lip, you can see the top petal is a bunch of spikes. The flowerheads, each individual flower head comes out of this huge cluster. They have these spiked tubules sticking up out of them. Like any other mint, the stem is square. And it smells like mint. The leaves are lance shaped and toothed. These two leaflets here at the back of the stem. The leaves are opposite, meaning they are on oppsite sides of the stem. When you rub the leaves.. and then smell them you’ll smell mint. And when you smell the flower, you will smell mint as well. This plant is edible, as well as medicinal. Very, very good for headaches, and relieving pain. Sore muscles etc. Like any other mint it makes a delicious tea. This is a plant that I don’t see too many videos on. Really easy plant to identify. I’m sure you can spot them here. You can see they’re everywhere. This plant will grow in clearings, or fields, like you see here. Or it could grow, on the edge of woodlots. Like you see over there. This plant starts blooming in June and it I believe flowers until August. Called Bee Balm because the bees absolutely love it. And for good reason. But I thought I would Share that little tip with you guys today.