Monarda citriodora (Lemon Beebalm)

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Also known as "Horsemint," this native annual has aromatic foliage making it deer resistant. Lemon Beebalm 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 Beebalm 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

Texas native Yes
Water use Low
Sun exposure Full sun to part sun
Bloom time Spring, summer
Mature height 1-3 ft
Attracts Butterflies, hummingbirds
Deer resistant Yes

 

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 Present in state
 Present in county and native
 Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state         
 Not present in state
 Present and rare, native in county
 Previously present, now extinct
 Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)