MONARDA citriodora (Lemon Mint) is an annual flowering herb that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Lemon Mint is an annual herbaceous plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year.
Lemon Mint plants have slender, square-shaped stems that can reach heights of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm). The leaves are lance-shaped, aromatic, and have a lemony scent when crushed. The flowers are tubular and arranged in dense, terminal clusters.
Lemon Mint typically blooms in the summer, usually between June and August. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. Lemon Mint is known to attract beneficial pollinators to the garden. They are typically lavender to pink in color, attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Lemon Mint thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is relatively adaptable and can grow in both cool and warm regions. Lemon Mint is known for its ability to tolerate dry conditions.
Lemon Mint is highly valued for its lemon-scented leaves and attractive flowers. It is often used in herbal tea blends, culinary dishes, and potpourri. The flowers and foliage also make lovely additions to flower arrangements.
Lemon Mint, with its fragrant lemon-scented leaves and attractive lavender-pink flowers, adds both ornamental and culinary value to gardens. Its versatility and ability to attract pollinators make it a popular choice for herb gardens, flower beds, and container plantings.
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Scientific Name: Monarda Citriodora
Common Name: Lemon Mint
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Central and Southern United States, Northern Mexico
Height: 12-30 "
Spread: 9-12 "
Habitat: Limestone barrens and slopes, Prairies, Savannahs and roadsides in Texas
Zone: USDA Hardiness 5 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Blooming Season: Late Spring, Early Summer/Late Summer
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees
Resistant: Deer, Drought
Flower Color: Lavender to Pink-white
Moisture: Dry to medium
Water Requirement: Water it regularly and don’t overwater the soil
Soil Type: Clay, Loam and Sandy
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral, Basic (Alkaline)
Advantage: Can grow easily and Low maintenance
Uses: An essential oil in the leaves contains a phenol and a citrus (used as an insect repellent and in perfumery)