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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Year of the Monarda
This spring has been a particularly good year for the Monarda species here in the landscape and in the surrounding areas. We have always had a ton ,here at home, of Monarda punctata, aka Spotted Beebalm, a perennial, but over the last year , I have strived to introduce two more types, namely Monarda citriodora, aka Lemon Beeblam and Monarda fistulosa, aka Wild Bergamot. I have had some success with both. The Lemon is an annual and the seeds are readily available over in the nearby Blackland Prairie, which this plant really likes. The Wild Bergamot is a perennial, which seems to be happier here in the sand and sandy loam of the Post oak Savannah. I dug it in the wild last summer and it surived the move. I have spotted some Citriodora in the immediate area this spring on some of my hikes, but it not as tall or as colorful as those in the dark soil. I really like a lot of the Blackland Prairie plants, so I have actually dug up as much of the soil as I can get to bring back to put in dedicated beds, so I could have a bit of it here. The bonus is that several other plants came up in that soil. Bluebonnets, Clasping coneflower, Sawtooth daisy and more. Here are some pics of the Monardas in action.
AKA Lemon Beebalm
Monarda fistulosa with punctata behind it.
AKA Wild Bergamot . it really is good looking flower.
Wild Bergamot flanked by two stands of Spotted Beebalm