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Monarda punctata ssp. punctata var. villicaulis
Monarda punctata L. ssp. punctata var. villicaulis (Pennell) Palmer & Steyerm.
Synonym(s): Monarda punctata ssp. villicaulis
USDA Symbol: mopuv
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
An aromatic, erect perennial ranging from only 6 in. to almost 3 ft. tall. Rosettes of yellowish, purple-spotted, tubular flowers occur in whorls, forming a dense, elongated spike at the end of the stem or from leaf axils. Each whorl is subtended by large, conspicuous, whitish, purple-tinged, leaf-like bracts.
Spotted Beebalm is noticeably fragrant. Other varieties are also found in the East.
Linnaeus named the genus Monarda in honor of a 16th century Spanish physician and botanist, Nicolas Bautista Monardes (1493-1588). Monardes never went to the Americas but was able to study medicinal plants in Spain because Spain controlled navigation and commerce from the New World.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WI Native Distribution:
Vermont to Minnesota, south to New Jersey, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Native Habitat:
Open, sandy areas.
Record Last Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff