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Monarda punctata (spotted beebalm, dotted horsemint)
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Monarda punctata

spotted beebalm, dotted horsemint

Pollinator magnet
Powerfully fragrant leaves
Pink bracts and creamy white to yellow flowers with purple spots
Colonizes in a low stand
Excellent for meadows and naturalistic plantings
Gained in popularity in recent years
North Creek's seasonal tour "Plant of Interest" winner

A valuable ecological species, Monarda punctata is the equivalent of a juice bar at the gym for nectar loving/needing insects! BONUS, it also resists all other kinds of mites that could impact the bees because it is incredibly high in thymol. If you are in the area where the endangered Karner Blue still resides, you will be helping restore them to safe status by planting a stand of Monarda punctata, as this is their food mothership.

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Bloom Color

Pink, White

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

spotted beebalm, dotted horsemint Interesting Notes

We adore the genus Monarda for so many of its wonderful properties including fragrance, ease of growing, willingness to naturalize an area reliably and all of the wonderful things that it can do for beneficial insects and pollinators. We sought out a native Monarda to add to our ecological line and landed swiftly on Monarda punctata. It produces an aromatic stand that ranges in heights from 6" to just shy of 3' tall. In bud, it forms saffron-colored rosettes in whorls along the top half of the stem. When the whorls release, watercolor-painted petals with little freckles are exposed and later mature to a soft pinkish-dawn color. These painted petals hold at the end of the flower spike for weeks upon weeks as they peek out through what appears to be leaf bracts.

Monarda punctata Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in dry to average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates somewhat poor or sandy soils and some drought. Ideal for meadows and other naturalistic plantings. Readily self-seeds to establish a population in open soils.

Good Substitutions

beebalm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa
Bee balm Monarda 'Marshall's Delight'
wild bergamot Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar