is one of the more unusual Monardas. Even though the picture at the top
shows up with whitish bracts, they are actually a pale pink. These colorful
bracts remain on the plant long after the actual flowers shrivel and drop
off. In the photo on
the left above, we see how the multi-tiered flower heads resemble the tiers of a
Chinese pagoda and, in the middle photo, we can see where the name Spotted
Bee Balm comes from. On the right, a Tarantula Wasp enjoys the flower of our
Spotted Bee Balm. Many insects visit this plant including several
different kinds of bees and butterflies.
This is not the most dependable perennial,
but it grows quickly and is worth growing if only as an annual. While it
prefers full sun, it is fairly adaptable and can take up to half day shade,
though it may grow a bit lanky with increased shade.
Monarda punctata is a great
addition to our English Cottage
Garden Six Pack.