Monarda punctata (Dotted Horsemint/Spotted Beebalm) does well on sandy soils; complex mid-summer blooms are white /lavendar/maroon attract butterflies, bees and honeybees! One of the top honey plants, Monarda punctata has reported honey yields up to 500 pounds per acre. Full sun
This is my second order of spotter bee balm from mail order natives.com. I love this plant. Si ply put, bee balm is a bee magnet attracting native bees of all shapes, sizes and colors. My new plants arrived in excellent condition and are now thriving in my garden.
When I order plants online, I sometimes get lifeless twigs in the mail and sometimes they take after planting, and sometimes they die...so I wasn't expecting much when I ordered this plant. These bee balms are tough so I knew whatever condition they came in they'd be okay after a season. When they arrived, BIG, green, so healthy I was very pleased! Planted them today and they are doing great!
Planted last fall, grew like crazy and was HUGE and attracting lots of beneficial insects by late spring! I should have ordered more plants! The rest of my planterbed plants are nowhere near as established as my horsemint.
Should call this Bee Magnet! The blooms weren't even full developed and bees were all over it. Butterflies too. Took right away. Plants arrived in great shape.
The horsemint plants arrived safely and in excellent condition. They are planted and I look forward to the time when they will begin to bloom. I hope they will live up to the expectations to keep our mosquito population in check.
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