Please Note: These plants are biennial. They are short-lived but will reseed.
Soil: Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 0.5-3 feet
Bloom: July – September
Suggested Uses: Spotted Bee Balm is a biennial that grows very well on dry, sandy and gravelly soils. It is a very unique plant with flowers that look like mini orchids whorled around the stem. The light pink-colored bracts give it added interest! Its foliage is aromatic like Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). Deer resistant.
Native Range: Native to eastern and southern coastal states and the Upper Midwest. Native to some areas throughout the Desert Southwest.
Pollinators: Hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar. Also pollinated by bees and wasps. High-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flowers: Wide-mouthed yellow flowers with purple spots bloom in circles around the square stem.
Leaves: The leaves are lance-shaped or narrowly oblong and are usually hairy.
Food Uses: Can be used for tea.
Other Names: Spotted Horsemint, Horsemint, Dotted Mint.
More information: USDA plant profiles.