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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 18-36 inches
Plant Spread: 9-18 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: 3.5" long, 1" wide and are opposite
Flowers: Showy
Other: Deadhead to prolong bloom.
Flower Color: Brown
Bi-Color: Yellow and purple
Other: Pinkish-purple bracts around the dull yellow, brown-spotted flowers.
Flower Time: Summer
Fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Root division
Pollinators: Bees

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Common names
  • Spotted Beebalm
  • Spotted Horsemint
  • Dotted Beebalm
  • Horsemint
  • Bee Balm
  • Horse Mint
  • Beebalm

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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-08-24
Location: Wood County, TX
Date: 2020-06-18
late pm
Location: East Texas
Date: 2010-05-16
Location: Pappy Elkins Park.
Date: Summer 2010
A lovely group of plants.
Location: Wood County, TX
Date: 6/21/2020
Location: Winter Park, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-08-24

Date: c. 1913
illustration from Britton and Brown's 'An illustrated Flora of th
Location: IL
Date: 2015-07-29
#Pollination Well loved by many pollinators great and small.
Location: Wood County, TX
Date: 6/21/2020
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Location: Winter Park, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-08-24
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 2020  August
Monarda punctuate  closeup of the spotted flower

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2014-06-21
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-05-06
All over pasture in Spring at our Central TX rural property.
Location: East Texas
Date: 2010-05-16
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-16 
Photo taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt I
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2013-07-13
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2013-07-13
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Largo, FL
Date: 2022-07-28

Date: c.1815
illustration by Syd. Edwards from 'The Botanical Register', 1815

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Date: Aug 9, 2009 1:59 PM
Location: East Texas
Date: 2010-05-16
Location: Wood County, TX
Date: 2020-06-18
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-16 
Photo taken at Merritt Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Isla
Location: North Texas
Date: 2004-05-30
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-12
Location: Largo, FL
Date: 2022-07-28
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-16 
Photo taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt I
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-07-18
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2010-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2010-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2010-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2010-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2010-08-30
Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Date: Aug 9, 2009 1:59 PM
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Comments:
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 13, 2011 2:59 PM concerning plant:
    An Illinois wildflower found 'occasionally' in the northern half of state, 'rare' in southern half.
    Habitat - sandy fields and woods, dunes, prairies.
    American Indians used a leaf tea for colds, fevers, flu, stomach cramps, bowel ailments, and coughs. Historically, doctors used it as a stimulant and diuretic.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 29, 2011 8:53 AM concerning plant:
    Dotted Beebalm is native to the eastern part of North America and is a shrubby perennial reaching heights of three to four feet. Monarda punctata prefers a location of full sun but in the deep south enjoys a little shade from intense direct sunlight. This plant is a butterfly attractant and blooms from summer to frost.
  • Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on May 3, 2015 5:27 PM concerning plant:
    The many varieties of M. punctata are native from northeastern Canada to Mexico. They are annuals, biennials, perennials, herbs, subshrubs or some combination of the these.
  • Posted by Marylyn (Houston, TX - Zone 9a) on Jan 25, 2012 5:01 PM concerning plant:
    I saw this growing along a path in a forested camp in Central Texas.
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Monarda punctata, not Monarda citriodora by growitall Feb 17, 2014 2:48 PM 1

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