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Horsemint, Spotted beebalm
Monarda punctata

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488) and in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens (321-436-4932).

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Don & Joyce Gann

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