Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)

Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)

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1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Full Sun - Partial Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium Dry - Medium
Height: 2 feet
Bloom: August

Description: Spotted Bee Balm (also called Dotted Mint or Dotted Horsemint) prefers sandy soils and full to part sun. This Monarda is more tolerant of drought and intense sun than most in the genera. Monarda punctata is usually found in sand prairies, hill prairies, and Oak savannas. It is an eccentric beauty in form and color with complex blossoms topping 2 foot stems in hues of pinkish-purple, green, beige, and maroon. These blossoms attract honeybees, bumblebees, and many butterflies, including Karner Blue butterfly. Spotted Bee Balm is also one of the host plants for the Raspberry pyrausta butterfly. The scent of this plant is repugnant to mammalian herbivores (like rabbits) so is rarely consumed by them.