Lemon Mint / Purple Horse Mint
Monarda citriodora (Lamiaceae)

A hardy annual or tender perennial native to the Midwest and southern United States. A typical member of the Mint family with its distinctive square stems. Flowers are arranged in whorls stair-stepping up a single stem. Blooms are deep purple to lavender surrounded by colored bracts. Grows in various soil types and prefers full sunlight. Can tolerate very dry conditions. A stately plant excellent for cutting, grows well almost anywhere.

Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 1-3 feet
Germination: 10-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: May-August
Suggested use: Flower gardens, mixtures, roadsides, meadows, disturbed areas, slopes.
Miscellaneous: The leaves, when crushed release a sweet citrus aroma. A good variety to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The dried stems provide an interesting addition to any floral arrangement.

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