November 22, 2017

A Mint of Lemon

Monarda citriodora - Lemon mint

Janine Pineo Photo | Monarda citriodora – Lemon mint

Monarda citriodora is a member of the mint family, but it doesn’t smell minty fresh at all. Instead, it’s a bit of a lemon. This North American native plant is known as a number of other things, including the somewhat confusing moniker of lemon mint. But there’s also lemon beebalm, horsemint and purple horsemint to contend with. We’re not sure what a horsemint ought to smell like. That said, lemon mint grows up to a couple of feet tall with whorls of flowerheads to top each stem. Like most beebalms, it can easily form colonies, which drives the locals – bees and butterflies – wild.