Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora)
Also known as "Horsemint," this native annual has aromatic foliage making it deer resistant. Citridora is used as a natural insect repellent, and when it is plentiful you can grab a handful of leaves and rub them on your skin to keep the bugs away. Native Americans incorporated the use of Lemon Mint leaves for edible greens, seasoning, and as an aromatic tea. Allow it to re-seed itself before mowing.
Bees and butterflies are especially attracted to this pretty plant. It often occurs in large masses. Lemon mint is very easy to grow and often forms large colonies. It can become aggressive if given optimum growing conditions. It is susceptible to powdery mildew.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part sun|
|Bloom time||Spring, summer|
|Mature height||1-3 ft|