Monarda punctata - SPOTTED BEE BALM

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Exceptionable looking, clump forming native wildflower for full sun or half shade.

It prefers sandy soils, or drained soils (rocky, gritty) otherwise it is true short-lived perennial that will last only few years. But it self-seed reliably, so even on heavier soils. Native to many states of USA, but west. See the distribution on the USDA map.

Size 2' tall x 1' wide, partially evergreen basal leaves, aromatic leaves and slightly fragrant flowers. Blooms from July to early September. Hardy in zones 3 to 9.

Highly attractive to butterflies, skippers, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds, honeybees, bumblebees and other native bees. It is also great plant for attracting beneficial predatory wasps to the garden to control things like grubs and pest caterpillars!

Combine with Coreopsis, Dalea, Echinacea, shorter grasses like Boutelloua curtipendula, Sporobolus, Schizachyrium scoparium or non-native Pennisetum alopecuroides.

Pot Size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot

 

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  • 5
    Spotted bee balm

    Posted by Eric Farrand on 18th Jun 2021

    Very nice quality plant that is difficult to find.