Mint, Yellow Dotted (Monarda punctata)
(Yellow Dotted Mint, horsemint)
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardiness: All Zones
Biennial or shortlived perennial native to the Eastern US. The plant has yellow flowers dotted with purple, as well as very decorative display of bracts in tiered whorls. Native Americans are very fond of this plant as a tea, and the herb has a long history of use as an antispasmodic for treating common cold, stomach cramps, coughs, etc. Potent source of Thymol. Plant prefers full sun to part shade, forest soils or garden soils. Sow seed in spring on surface, tamp in securely and keep moist until germination, which occurs in 2 to 4 weeks.