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     Spotted Bee Balm is one of the most interesting plants in flower. Each flower head protrudes via a stem out of the center of the previous flower. The rays emerge whitish and turn lavender in time.


     Bees love Spotted Bee Balm :), as do Hummingbirds, Monarchs, butterflies, moths and other flying things. Songbirds also like Spotted Bee Balm but deer and other mammals tend to leave it alone.


     Spotted Bee Balm is less aggressive than other members of the mint family.


     Fun Fact: The leaves smell like oregano.


     Photo: Creative Commons

Bee Balm, Spotted

1 Quart
    • Latin: Monarda punctata
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: UPL
    • Height: 1-3 feet
    • Light: sun
    • Soil: moist or dry, well drained
    • Blooms: pink, purplish, beige, June-September
    • Landscape: Meadow, native or pollinator garden; also makes good cut flowers
    • Pair with: Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Little Bluestem
    • Resistance: Deer, drought, rabbits
    • Native range here
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