Monarda punctata

Common name: Horsemint

Native plant

Horsemint has rather unusual-looking flowers and attractive bracts. It is easily distinguished from most Monarda spp. by its many whorls of flowers on the same stem, cream-colored and purple-spotted corollas, narrow leaves, and pink to lavender bracts. The preference is full sun, mesic to dry conditions, and sandy soil. Also sometimes called ‘Spotted Bee Balm’ this native perennial is relatively tolerant of sun and drought conditions and can reach 2-4’ in height.


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Perennial- Standard
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Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Orange


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

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