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Horsemint, Spotted beebalm
Monarda punctata

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General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and pollinator gardens. This is an exceptional plant for many kinds of pollinators including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. For a planting guides, visit the Florida Wildflower Foundation.

Availability: Grown by native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296) and in Melbourne at Native Butterfly Flowers (321-626-7386).

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-3 feet in height. About as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central North America west to New Mexico and south to Palm Beach and Collier counties.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands and coastal uplands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with or without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Pink.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous aggregate of 4 nutlets.

Wildlife and Ecology: Visited by a wide variety of pollinators, including native bees, butterflies, wasps, and humminbirds.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

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Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Don & Joyce Gann

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