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Lemon Mint

Monarda citriodora

Plant has a lemon or oregano fragrance and is a natural insect repellant



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Monarda citriodora, commonly called lemon mint or lemon beebalm, is a hardy annual (sometimes biennial) native forb (wildflower). In Missouri, it primarily occurs in glades and rocky prairies south of the Missouri River.

Wildlife notes

The nectar of Lemon Mint flowers can be expected to attract such visitors as the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, bumblebees, hummingbird clear-wing moths, and butterflies.

Forage notes

Livestock tend to avoid plants in the mint family.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers limestone-rich, rocky or sandy soils, but tolerates other soils. Prefers full sun. Plant seed in fall or early spring. This plant will remain in the garden from year to year by self-seeding. Plants may form large colonies in optimum growing conditions. Bedding plant, cottage gardens, herb gardens, native plant areas, prairies, roadsides or waste areas. Also effective in hummingbird or butterfly gardens. Leaves may be used to make herbal teas.

Restoration notes

In its native range this wildflower is found primarily in dry prairies.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Butterfly, Landscaping, Cut Flower, Edible, Medicinal

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.