Monarda punctata (Spotted Beebalm) [20 Seeds]


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 press them in. But if you try that and no seedlings appear after 3 to 4 weeks, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach (set the pot 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 hardy 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 and October 2020. At least 20 seeds.


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