Lemon Mint

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Lemon mint (Monarda citriodora) is a flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, that is native to the southern United States and northern Mexico. Common names include lemon beebalm, lemon mint and purple horsemint. When crushed, the leaves emit an odor reminiscent of lemons.

The plant is an annual or biennial, growing to 1–2 feet (30–60 cm) tall. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, 2–4 inches (5–10 cm) long and 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) wide. The flowers are borne in whorls on a spike, each flower being about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The petals are lavender to pink, with a white or lavender throat. The flowers bloom in summer, from June to August.


Lemon Mint
Monarda ciriodora
Lemon Mint

Lemon mint is a popular garden plant, and is grown for its attractive flowers and lemony scent. It is also used as an herb, and the leaves can be used to make tea, lemonade, and other beverages. The leaves can also be used to make a herbal infusion that can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including indigestion, nausea, and vomiting.

Lemon mint is a relatively easy plant to grow. It prefers full sun or partial shade, and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant, but will do best with regular watering, especially during the summer months. Lemon mint is not particularly susceptible to pests or diseases.
Monarda citriodora, also known as lemon beebalm, lemon mint, and purple horsemint, is native to the following states in the United States:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah



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