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Dotted Horsemint

Monarda punctata

Description:

It's bracts are often mistaken for the flowers, especially after the flowers have all fallen off (see last photo). The bracts are whitish to purple with some tinges of green, and look very much like petals. The flower has purple spots, a curled stigma that emerges from the top of the flower, and an interesting tube-shaped overall shape. The plant smells herbal, as the name suggests and is in the mint family.

Habitat:

Near some blackberry brambles in a densely vegetated patch next to the path at Payne's Prairie.

Notes:

This is a great pollinator plant, providing lots of nectar to visiting pollinators.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 29.60, Long: -82.28

Spotted on Dec 11, 2018
Submitted on Mar 2, 2019

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