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Spotted Beebalm

Monarda punctata

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Spotted Beebalm (Monarda punctata) at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Spotted Beebalm flowers

Spotted Beebalm flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Dotted Mint, Dotted Horsemint, Bee Balm

Description:

This wildflower variety produces pretty clusters of yellow flowers with purple spots, surrounded by pinkish-purple leafy bracts; best in well drained, dry to medium sandy soil; needs good air circulation; great for massing along borders and naturalizing

Ornamental Features

Spotted Beebalm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with purple overtones and fuchsia bracts at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Spotted Beebalm is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Spotted Beebalm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Spotted Beebalm will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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