Monarda punctata, commonly called ‘Spotted Beebalm’, is a native herbaceous perennial to the eastern U.S. and typically occurs in full sun areas with dry soil in prairies, sandy areas, rocky woodlands, and coastal plains. Spotted Bee Balm is the best suited to perennial borders, wild gardens, prairies and meadows. Stronger brews are used in herbal medicine. The Native Americans made a “sweating” tea from it to treat colds. The major oil in Horsemint is thymol. Externally it's an antiseptic and vermifuge, internally, in large amounts, the plant can be fatal.
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Scientific Name: Monarda Punctata
Common Name: Spotted Beebalm
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: North America – Louisiana
Height: 12-36 "
Spread: 9-12 "
Habitat: Dry sandy soils in fields on or near to the coastal plain
Zone: USDA Hardiness 5-9
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Blooming Season: Late Spring through Early Fall
Characteristics: Showy, Fragrant
Flower Shape: Whorl-like axillary clusters of flowers
Flower Color: Yellow, White or Green
Moisture: Lightly moist
Water Requirement: Requires Low water
Soil Type: Dry, Sandy soil
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Uses: Wildflower meadow, Pocket prairie, crushed leaves drunk to ease backache, Fever