Monarda punctata

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Dotted Horsemint

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-5 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Flowers late spring to early fall.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


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.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Fairly broadly tolerant



Attracts hummingbirds.


Attracts many bees, butterflies, and moths.

Native Habitats:Dry disturbed areas, old fields, and upper sand dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany: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.
General 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.