Monarda punctata Spotted Bee Balm



Monarda punctata has showy whorls of pink leafy bracts that surround small yellow blooms spotted with purple. The blooms are clustered around the stems above the leaf axils. Flowering in early to middle summer, it is a favorite of pollinators, hummingbirds and butterflies. It has fragrant foliage.

Also known as Horsemint or Spotted Bee Balm, Monarda punctata, is a perennial that is native to most of the southern and eastern United States and Canada. It is typically found on sandy soils, including prairies, savannas, dunes and fields.

Monarda punctata prefers sun to part shade and well-drained soil. It grows in dryish soil, sandy areas and coastal plains.


  • Common Names: Spotted Bee Balm, Horsemint
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to dry soil
  • Height at Maturity: 12-36"
  • Width at Maturity: 18-24"
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Early to middle summer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Clay Soil. Coastal Conditions. Drought. Juglone.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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