Sun: Full, partial

Moisture: Medium-dry to dry

Height: 2'

Bloom Time: July-September

Bloom Color: Pink, white, green

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Meskwaki used this plant for a medicinal snuff for headaches, a restorative stimulant under the nose, and a compound for stomach cramps. The Ojibwa made a decoction for stomach or bowel problems, or as a laxative. (Moerman, 1998).


This unusual, eye-catching plant produces long-lasting pink flowers with small yellow, purple-dotted tubes that attract bees and butterflies. The fragrant foliage repels deer. Host plant to the Southern Purple Mint Moth and the Raspberry pyrausta butterflies. The Xerces Society recommends this species as "highly attractive to pollinators" in the Great Lakes region.

Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm/Dotted Horsemint)