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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Other: Root division
Pollinators: Bees


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 29, 2011 8:53 AM

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.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 13, 2011 2:59 PM

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.

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Posted by Marylyn (Houston, TX - Zone 9a) on Jan 25, 2012 5:01 PM

I saw this growing along a path in a forested camp in Central Texas.

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on May 3, 2015 5:27 PM

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.

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