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Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm)

Spotted Bee Balm, Dotted Bee Balm, Dotted Horsemint, Spotted Horsemint


Noted for its pagoda-like flowers, Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm) is a clump-forming, short lived perennial or biennial, boasting showy clusters of creamy purple-spotted tubular flowers, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), resting upon pink, lavender or creamy bracts. Blooming for weeks from early to mid summer, they attract scores of butterflies and pollinators to the garden. The foliage of deep green aromatic leaves may be used to flavor teas. Spotted Bee Balm is best suited to perennial borders, wild gardens, prairies and meadows.

  • Grows in clumps up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 9-12 in. wide (22-30 cm). Spreads by runners to form large clumps without becoming aggressive.
  • Performs best in full sun or partial shade in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Best in sandy soils with consistent moisture. Tolerates poor soils. Drought tolerant.
  • This showy perennial is a striking addition in prairies and meadows.
  • Monarda flowers attract streams of butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators but this plant is deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Providing good air circulation to combat powdery mildew is important.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms.
  • Native to the eastern U.S and California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Monarda - Bee Balms
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Monarda - Bee Balms
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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