Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)July 13, 2004

Is it perennial or biennial? According to Prairie Nursery it is biennial...according to other sources it is perennial to zone 4.

Have spotted one of these plants today ready to bloom...I crushed a leaf to be sure...I would have to say the smell seemed stronger than my Monarda fistulosa which is now as tall as me and 2-3' wide....I think it is losing some of it's smell since it is in full bud ready to explode in flowers.

How tall will the Horsemint get?

Thanks for any info :)


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ahughes798(z5 IL)

My spotted bee balm came up again this year, so I'm thinking that it's a perennial in zone 5, at least. It's about 10" tall, but it's not in full sun, either. I have it growing on the east side of the garage.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 4:34PM
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Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)

Great ahughes :)
Has it re-seeded for you at all?


    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 8:11PM
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froggy(z4/5 WI)

its very short lived plant.

and it grows pretty well in sunny and sandy soil zone 4. produces dense stands. as to the smell? i dont think its as powerful as fistulosa.

Here is a link that might be useful: horsemint

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 10:21PM
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ahughes798(z5 IL)

I'm not sure if what I have are re-seeds. I don't think they are, but I cannot be sure. April

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 10:46PM
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Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)

Thanks...ahughes and Froggy,

As far as the smell fistulosa IS strong but what I'm saying leaves are not as pungently smelling while it is ready to bloom...right now the horsemint is smelling much stronger is all.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2004 at 1:58AM
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