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Monarda pectinata - Nutt.

Common Name Plains Lemon Monarda, Pony beebalm
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry soils[43].
Range N. America - Nebraska, Colorado and south to Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Monarda pectinata Plains Lemon Monarda, Pony beebalm


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Monarda pectinata Plains Lemon Monarda, Pony beebalm
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Monarda pectinata is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Leaves - cooked. A strong aromatic flavour, they are used as a flavouring in cooked foods and salads[61, 161].

Medicinal Uses



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Anodyne;  Antiseptic;  Febrifuge;  Stings;  Stomachic.

The plant is analgesic, antiseptic and stomachic[257]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of coughs, colds, fevers and stomach complaints[257]. The plant has been rubbed on the head to bring relief from headache[257]. An infusion of the flowers has been used as a wash on insect bites and stings[257].

Other Uses

Essential;  Pot-pourri.

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in ordinary garden soil so long as it is not too dry[1, 200], though it prefers a sandy rather acidic soil in full sun[200]. There is some confusion over the correct name for this species, some reports say that it is no more than a synonym for M. citriodora[183]. There is also some doubt over whether it is an annual or a perennial. A good bee plant[200]. Subject to mildew in dry summers[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow mid to late spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 10 - 40 days at 20°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late summer in areas where the winters are not too severe and will produce larger plants. Cuttings of soft basal shoots in spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Monarda citriodoraLemon Bergamot, Lemon beebalm. Lemon Mint20
Monarda clinopodiaWhite Basil-Balm, White bergamot10
Monarda didymaBergamot, Scarlet beebalm, Horsemint, Oswego Tea, Bee Balm32
Monarda fistulosaWild Bergamot, Mintleaf bergamot, Wild Bee-Balm, Lupine32
Monarda menthifoliaMint-Leaved Bergamot, Mintleaf bergamot12
Monarda punctataHorse Mint, Spotted beebalm13

 

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