Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (Mint-Scented Bee Balm)

Also known as wild bergamot. Native to most of the U.S. (including Oregon). An essential host plant for Pyrausta signatalis (raspberry pyrausta butterfly) larvae. It was traditionally used by indigenous peoples to treat a number of ailments ranging from headaches to colds to indigestion. Blooms large lavender-pink flowers from late spring throughout the summer which are an excellent pollinator attractant. Fresh leaves can also be used as an herb to flavor beverages or food dishes. Hardy to below 0 F. Perennial.

Requirements: Full to partial sun. We find that ours, like tarragon, eventually decays in the center and needs to be re-planted every 3 years or so. 

Height: to 30 in.    Spread: to 2 ft.