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Horsemint (Spotted Beebalm)

monarda punctata

Description:

2-3 foot tall plants with a stalk like flower. On closer inspection, you can see that the purple part of the flower is purple-tinged leaves. The flowers are a whitish green tubular shape.

Habitat:

Dry sandy soil.

Notes:

The plant contains thymol, an antiseptic and fungicide. It was historically used to treat upset stomachs, colds, diarrhea, neuralgia and kidney disease. Is the spotted worm like feature on the third picture part of the flower or an insect come to feed?

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Karen Hileman
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Karen Hileman

Melbourne, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 14, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012

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