Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: white, pink, lilac, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, edible, fragrant plant, medicinal, naturalizing, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Monarda punctataAlso known as:
Monarda punctata is a low growing wildflower that reaches a mature height of 1' to 3'. The whorled flowers form an elongated terminal spike. Bloom color is variable, typically cream-colored with purple spots, hence the common name spotted beebalm. This species benefits from large, showy, leafy, pinkish bracts that persist long after the flowers have withered, extending the period of interest. The hairy rigid stems are unbranched, reddish, and square as with other members of the Mint family. The leaves are lance-shaped, serrated, up to 3 1/2" long by 1" across, and have a fragrance similar to that of oregano.
Spotted beebalm prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It is easy to grow, adapted to dry conditions, and average to poor, well drained soil. Individual plants are short-lived, particularly if grown in fertile, moist soil where they will easily be out-competed by other wildflowers. This species does however self-seed readily, creating permanent colonies. The blooming period lasts 1 to 2 months, between mid summer and early fall. It is a great choice for a sunny border, or in the front of a cottage garden.Zones 4-9
Due to their taproots,plants are difficult to divide or transplant. Easy to propagate from seed.
Monarda punctata can be considered deer resistant.The leaves have been used to make infusions to treat colds and fevers.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: OH, PA
- Historical: KY
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