Monarda clinopodia from Virginia in SC

This plant grew from a Southeast wildflower mix I planted at least 10 years ago, and it looks like Monarda clinopodia to me, but I’d like to have an expert opinion since there are a good many photos of white beebalms online that are labeled as M. clinopodia, but do not look like my plant. It normally starts blooming mid-May here.

I’m in Charleston which is a bit south of clinopodia’s native range, but it seems happy here.

Thanks for your help,


Hi Virginia,

this certainly looks like Monarda clinopodia to me. It can grow in cultivation here.


Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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