Monarda punctata, Spotted Beebalm

Historical Uses:

The Delaware Nation was reported to incorporate M. punctata in infusions to treat fever. They were also included in some personal hygiene practices due to their fragrance. Many tribes were known to include Monarda species in washes and perfumes for their pleasing aroma. The Navajo Nation was reported to use M. punctata for cold, cough, headache, and fever remedies.


This Monarda species prefers full sun and sandy, well-draining soil. M. punctata, like many other Monarda species are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, wasps, and flies.

  • Listing ID: 3887
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 1-2
  • Stratification: No stratification required, light required for germination
  • Bloom Time: June-August
  • Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Prefers full sun
  • Latin Name: Monarda punctata
  • Common Name: Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint
  • Eco-Region: 251