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Plant Details

Monarda punctata

Spotted Beebalm, Eastern Horse-mint

Scientific Name:

Monarda punctata

Common Name:

Spotted Beebalm, Eastern Horse-mint

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

pink (bracts), yellow and purple (corolla)

Size in Feet:

16 - 39 in

Light:

sun, part-sun, shade

Bloom Time:

late July - September

Bloom Area:

common on Coast, uncommon in Piedmont and Mountains

Habitat Description:

maritime forests, dunes, roadsides, rocky or sandy woodlands

In bloom

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Lara Berkley, Ogden, September 9, 2013

Flower

The flowers have a complicated pattern and unusual coloring, making them easy to identify. They grow in whorls, one above another.

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Paynter, Wilmington,early September, 2013

Inflorescence

Here the division between flowers is shown by the whorls of pink bracts but no true flowers are showing.

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Lara Berkley

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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