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Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

Posted by Vera_EWASH z5 EasternWA (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 13, 04 at 10:54

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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RE: Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

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.

RE: Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

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


RE: Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

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

RE: Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

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

RE: Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Horsemint)

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.

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