Monarda punctata (Spotted Beebalm) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you start them in warm, moist, bright conditions; scatter them on the surface of the growing medium and gently press them in; do not cover with growing medium. (I sowed some of my 2020-collected seeds that way on March 1, 2021, put them under lights at 75° to 80°F, and they started to sprout on March 5!) But if you try that and no seedlings appear after 3 to 4 weeks, then try giving the pot an artificial chilling period (set it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving them back to warmth and light). Or, sow in fall or winter and set the pot outside for germination in the spring.

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Spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata), also known as dotted mint and horsemint, is both distinctive and variable in bloom. At the top of the upright, 1- to 2-foot-tall stems are multiple whorls of purple-spotted yellow to cream-colored blooms, each with a collar of pointed, lavender-pink to near-white bracts. They appear throughout much of the summer.

Spotted beebalm is a fascinating and beautiful addition to a sunny flower or herb garden, and it makes an interesting cut flower. The plant has a spicy, oregano-like scent when you handle or brush against the leaves. Native to much of the eastern U.S., spotted beebalm is popular with a variety of pollinators, including various bees and butterflies. Full sun; average to dry soil. Reportedly a hardy perennial in Zones 5 to 9, but it may not survive winter wet. Fortunately, it can bloom the first year from a spring sowing, so you can grow it as an annual anywhere.

Collected in September 2021. At least 20 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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1 review for Monarda punctata (Spotted Beebalm) [20 Seeds]

  1. Claire Casstevens (verified owner)

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    Probably had 100% success with these seeds.

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