Monarda punctata

(Spotted Bee Balm)


$7.99


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Monarda punctata, commonly called spotted beebalm, is native to the eastern U.S. and typically occurs in dryish soils on prairies, sandy areas and coastal plains. A clump-forming, mint family member that features branching or simple, square stems which rise typically to 1-2′ tall. Yellow, two-lipped flowers which are spotted with purple appear in the upper leaf axils and stem ends in two or more tiered, but interrupted, stem-ringing clusters, each cluster resting upon a whorl of showy, pinkish, leafy bracts. The toothed, aromatic, oblong leaves (to 3″) may be used in teas. Long summer bloom period.

Description

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in sandy soils with consistent moisture. Tolerates somewhat poor soils and drought. Remove spent flowers to improve plant appearance and possibly to prolong bloom. Spreads by runners to form large clumps, but is not considered to be too aggressive.

 

 

 

Additional information

Common Name

Spotted Bee Balm

Botanical Name

Monarda punctata

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

18 to 24"

Width

1'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Summer

Flower Color

Yellow spotted with purple

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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