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Monarda bradburiana (Eastern beebalm)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Monarda bradburiana

Monarda bradburiana Beck

Eastern Beebalm, Wild Bergamot, Horsemint

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Monarda fistulosa, Monarda rigida, Monarda villosa

USDA Symbol: MOBR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Nut
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , OK , TN , TX
Native Habitat: fields, thickets, roadsides, woodland borders

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Clay, Loam


Attracts: Hummingbirds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Monarda bradburiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Monarda bradburiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Monarda bradburiana


Record Modified: 2023-04-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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