Monarda punctata

dotted horsemint

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Size: Height: 2-5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      pink
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance


Recommended Uses: Wildflower. Can be used in informal gardens or as individual plants in ones with a more tended look.
Considerations: Can get rangy and fall over, but trimming in early summer will keep it bushier.
Propagation: Seed
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: fairly broadly tolerant


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Attracts many bees and butterflies.
Native Habitats: Dry disturbed areas, old fields, and upper sand dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Contains thymol, the same oil as thyme and oregano. It can be used as an American-grown substitute for those Mediterranean herbs, so plant in an herb garden or cottage garden.

Other Comments:

The showy part of this plant is the bracts which are pink to lavender. Flowers are actually small, whitish to yellowish, with purple spots.