From Dry Fields and Roadsides

By William T. Hathaway
Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

Toward the end of summer, clusters of Horsemint (Monarda punctata) seem to prefer dry fields and roadsides. The individual plants range from 0.4 to 1.0 m tall. Pinkish bracts with the dotted yellow flowers certainly set this species off as an extraordinary member of the mint family. It takes an especially close look at the total plant to make out the dotted flowers.

This photo was taken in September 1989 along a sandy road near Johnson's Mill not far from Mt. Airy in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

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