MONARDA punctata (Spotted Beebalm) is a perennial flowering plant native to North America. Spotted Beebalm is a herbaceous perennial, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family.
This plants grow upright and can reach heights of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm). The leaves are lance-shaped, opposite, and toothed. The flowers are unique and eye-catching, featuring dense, spherical clusters of tubular-shaped blooms.
Spotted Beebalm typically blooms in the summer, generally between June and August. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The blooms have white to pale pink petals with purple or maroon spots, giving the plant its common name "Spotted Beebalm."
Spotted Beebalm 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. Spotted Beebalm is known for its ability to tolerate drought conditions.
Spotted Beebalm is highly valued for its unique and attractive flowers, as well as its aromatic foliage. It is often used in wildflower gardens, meadows, and native plant landscapes. The flowers are known to attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Spotted Beebalm, with its distinct spotted flowers and aromatic foliage, adds beauty and interest to naturalistic landscapes. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and ability to attract pollinators make it a valuable addition to gardens seeking both aesthetics and ecological benefits.
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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