SPOTTED HORSEMINT–GREAT FOR BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

        Since you are a wildlife enthusiast, at this time of the year you are probably spending a lot of time gardening for wildlife.  With that in mind, I would like to suggest that you consider adding spotted horsemint (Monarda punctata) to your home landscape.  In addition, to producing a bevy of gorgeous purple-spotted blossoms that are accompanied by creamy to pink bracts framing each cluster of blossoms, this native perennial is also a butterfly and hummingbird favorite.

        The spotted horsemint (also known as spotted beebalm) grows up to three feet tall.  It prefers sand, and well-drained soil types although it will set its roots in other soils too.  Plants seem to do best when planted in full sun.  In addition, spotted horsemint can withstand dry conditions.

        This plant produces a multitude of stems and spreads via rhizomes.  As such, I find it is best to plant it in spots where it will not compete with other plants.

        I should also mention this native wildflower is resistant to deer browsing.  This is a real bonus as many homeowners are faced with the problem of hungry whitetails devouring their favorite flowering plants and shrubs.

        Planting spotted horsemint in your garden is an excellent way to enhance the wild plant diversity in your backyard.

3 thoughts on “SPOTTED HORSEMINT–GREAT FOR BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

  1. Do you know any sources in the Gwinnett/Barrow/Hall County where we can purchase spotted horsemint?

    • Elizabeth,
      I do not personally know of any wild plant dealers in the counties mentioned. However, if you will Google the Georgia Native Plant Society website you will find a list of dealers that they certify. Also, I have had great success buying plants online from Vincent Gardens (located in Douglas, GA)–check their site out.

      Terry

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