Lemon Mint, Monarda citriodora, is an annual wildflower native throughout the south and midwest and west over to California. Love this plant because it Is not particular about soil type as long as it has good sun. Makes a wonderful addition to any seed mix for those regions, including the Southeast Native Wildflower Mix and others. Sow seed of this beautiful mint pollinator plant for easy blooms the first season. Beauty, ease and adaptability make this flower a pollinator star species. It is attractive to native bees and butterflies.
HOW TO GROW: Annual wildflowers like lemon mint reseed on their own so you don’t have to sow them every year. Lemon mint flowers grow 1-2 feet tall, can form large colonies, and they hold their own in any average to well-drained soil They often form large colonies each plant with multiple stems. Lemon mint is lovely grown with Queen Anne’s lace as shown in this picture. Or try it with zinnias or petunias or any favorite perennial.You will be snapping photos of this one when it blooms in May, continuing on through July and even later if given some extra water.
GARDEN BENEFITS: Winged insects will flock to your lemon mint, bees and moths and butterflies especially. The blooms are attractive and can be fragrant cut flowers. The aromatic lemony/oregano-like leaves are used in cooking, from salads and soups, to herbal teas, and even garnish for meats and in pastries. Pretty and fragrant and a pollinator attractor makes this a bonus plant for your ecologically correct garden.