oblong, elliptic, lanceolate
pink, purple, white, yellow
July - October
0.1 - 1.0
annual, biennial, perennial
Little information on the culture of Monarda punctata is available, however, propagation and cultivation should be similar to that of Monarda fistulosa.
Acceptable to cattle as forage.
A warm-season forb that reproduces by seed and rhizomes. The flowers of the Monardas are arch-typical bee-flowers and attract many bees, hence their common name beebalm. The genus was named in honor of Nicholas Monardes, a 16th century physician of Seville, Spain, who wrote about the medicinal plants of the world. In spring the minty leaves may be boiled to make tea or seasoning for food. They may be used fresh or dried. The leaves of monardas were chewed by Indians while traveling (Kindscher 1987). Spotted beebalm is usually found in dryish or sandy soils in prairies, on the edge of woods, fence rows and ditches.
Dry or sandy soils, prairies, pastures, old fields, roadsides.