Close-up of the multi-colored flowers and bracts of Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm).
Close-up of the young green foliage of Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm).
Close-up of the purple tinged older foliage of Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm), grown in a quart size pot.

Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm) Unity Grown

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Monarda punctata, also called spotted bee balm, is an aromatic, upright perennial that ranges from only 6" to sometimes over three feet tall. Growing best in drier soils in full to part sun, Monarda punctata is a beebalm variety in the mint family, Lamiaceae, and is therefore clump forming, although it does not spread as aggressively as a true mint.

Popular with pollinators, the flowers of spotted bee balm bloom from mid summer into early fall, and the blooms themselves are small, and yellow with fine red spots. The flowers are surrounded by pale purple leaf-like bracts, and the combination of their varied colors, eye-catching bracts, and herbal aroma makes them a great choice for cut flowers.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Straight Species, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry, Dry, and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Yellow and Multi-color
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, Fragrant, Groundcover, and Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths
Tolerances: Drought Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Rabbit Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Woodland Garden, and Small Space

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