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Monarda punctata

Spotted Bee Balm

Plant Type:


Monarda punctata – Spotted Beebalm or Spotted Horsemint though widespread in native distribution is not often found in gardens. It's an interesting plant in flower each off-white, green and pink set of bracts circling circling and subtending the sexual parts in tiers up and down all flowering stems. It can bloom for many weeks and is a good wildlife plant. Amerindians used the leaves for a weak tea which doubles as a balm to ease backache; additionally Spotted Beebalm has been used medicinally to treat flu, colds and fever. If looking at a map of North America Monarda punctata wild populations can be found in all states from Florida west to New Mexico, following a diagonal line from New Mexico in a northeasterly direction right up through all of the east-central and eastern provinces of Canada; populations also occur in parts of California. Cutting or seed grown.


12-18 in


12 in


Green / Pink / White

Characteristics and Attributes for Monarda punctata

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade Tolerant


  • Medicinal / Herbal
  • Rock Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Woodland
  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Eastern North America
  • Central North America
  • California

Propagated By

  • Cutting
  • By Seed / Potted