Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata) - 50 Seeds
•Also known as Horesemint
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-10
This native biennial has a distinctive oregano-like scent which makes it a favorite for gardeners and herbalists.... and honeybees and hummingbirds love it too. Can be year round in Florida but favors late summer and fall, in northern climates flowers June to October depending where you are.
Horsemint makes a nice, intentionally weak tea. Stronger brews are used in herbal medicine. The Indians made a “sweating” tea from it to treat colds.
Horsemint was traditionally taken by several native North American Indian tribes to treat nausea and vomiting, and to encourage perspiration during colds. It was also applied externally as a poultice to treat swellings and rheumatic pains. Nowadays it is used primarily to treat digestive and upper respiratory tract problems. The leaves are carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic and vesicant. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of flatulence, nausea, indigestion, catarrh in the upper respiratory tract, and to induce sweating and promote urination. The herb is principally used externally as a rubefacient, applied as a poultice it helps to lessen the pain of arthritic joints by increasing the flow of blood in the area and thereby hastening the flushing out of toxins. Like always, please consult a trained herbalist.
Direct sow in early spring pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination which usually occurs in 3 weeks at temps from 60-70°. When the seedlings can be safely handled, thin or transplant them for wider spacing. For an early start, you can sow them indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring and transplant outdoors after the threat of frost. Water the young plants occasionally. The mature plants will prefer well-drained soil and can tolerate some drought. Avoid overwatering and overcrowding. After 2-3 years of growth, you can divide the plant.
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