Also known as Horsemint, this is a non-invasive mint that excels in open woodlands. The plant will have a compact, rounded shape and long-lasting flowers. The aromatic leaves can be used in teas. Hummingbirds, along with many bees and butterflies, visit beebalm. Monarda species are host plants for several moths. Deer and rabbits usually avoid this plant.
Uses: pollinators, drought resistant, deer resistant, hummingbirds, herbal
Bloom time: May & June
Height: 18 to 24 inches
Space: 12 to 18 inches
Sun: Light sun to shade
Seed is usually ready to harvest in late June. Dried seed is often ready to germinate, but a couple of weeks of cold, moist stratification could increase germination.
- 200 seeds per packet
- 35,000 seeds per ounce
- 1 ounce per 1,000 square feet