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Monarda

Monarda citriodora

Horsemint, Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

About This Plant

Sun. A tough, coarse annual wildflower with minty gray-green leaves. Common in fields and along Texas roadsides, its pink pom-poms are a standout in early summer when other wildflowers are going to seed. In the landscape, treat beebalm like a wildflower; it needs no special care but appreciates some spring moisture for a good bloom. Give it room and sufficient air circulation to alleviate mildew. The leaves have been used for a variety of respiratory ailments and even as a perfume.

Origins: Southern U.S. and Mexico

Maintenance

Sow seed in fall or spring on bare soil. Allow the seedheads to brown before cutting back in summer.

A summer wildflower with fragrant leaves and stacks of pink pom-poms.

Min. Height: 2'

Max Height: 3 feet'

Min. Width: 2'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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