|Green Roof & Urban Greening Plant, Spotted Bee Balm, Monarda punctata a native wildflower|
This week's photos shown here are of the Lamiaceae's (mint family) hardy native growing only a couple hundred yards off Florida's Atlantic ocean shoreline.
Spotted Bee Balm is a pungent native wildflower with a natural range across most of the United States and much of eastern Canada, with a sub-species, M. punctata spp. immaculata endemic to parts of Texas.
Spotted Bee Balm is listed as a historical plant in Kentucky, and protected as endangered in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
As a native wildflower, her nectar attracts many Lepidoptera and other pollinators.
Though often confused in use with Citrus bergamia, the bergamont orange and recognizable component of Earl Grey tea, Spotted Bee Balm tea is reported to possess a calmative effect due to the thymol derivatives found in leaves, terminal buds and flowers.
Spotted Bee Balm can be used as an annual or perennial, depending on the climate's average winter temperatures, but can be counted on to reseed or come back from roots on a reliable basis.
Ideally suited for green roofs, Spotted Bee Balm will provide excellent late summer color and vegetation, long after the Gaillardia and Helianthus have dried and gone to seed.