Photographer: Merel R. Black
Monarda punctata L. var. villicaulis (Pennell) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm.
dotted horsemint, horsemint
Monarda: after Nicholas Monardes (1493-1588), a Spanish physician and botanist
punctata: Latin meaning generally "dotted"
|Plant: ||erect, annual/biennial/perennial, 6"-36" tall forb, aromatic; stems hairy|
|Flower: ||yellow with purple spots, surrounded by 5-10 petal-like, white to pink bracts, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long, stamens shorter than the petals; inflorescence a dense whorl both terminal and from the leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.|
|Leaf:||lance-like with pointed tips, bottom densely hairy|
|Habitat: ||full sun; dry; inland sands; in sandy, gravelly soil|