Oswego Tea (also called Bee Balm and Sweet Bergamot), a perennial herb of the mint family. Oswego tea plants have square stems and toothed, roughly oval-shaped leaves. The plant grows to a height of about three feet (90 cm). Bees are attracted to the plant's two or three irregular flower heads composed of several red, pink, or white blossoms. Oswego tea grows wild from Quebec to North Carolina and west to Michigan; it is also cultivated as an ornamental. The plant is said to have been used for making tea in colonial days.
Oswego tea is Monarda didyma of the mint family, Labiatae.