Tag Archives: Monarda punctata

PERENNIAL: Monarda Punctata (Horsemint, Spotted Beebalm)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Native* to portions of the eastern United States and to NoVA (except for Loudoun County), Spotted Beebalm inhabits dry prairies and sandy areas. This showy plant with tubular flowers, colorful bracts, and a … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Verticillaster

verticillaster [ vur-tuh-si-las-ter ] noun: a mixed inflorescence consisting of two opposite dichasial cymes Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Whorl

While the word whorl has other meanings outside of botany, along with the arrangement of leaves (phyllotaxis) on the same stem, it is also the term used to describe the four main groups of flower parts: sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils. Continue reading

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Word of the Week – Anther

This extra Word of the Week, anther, wraps up our celebration of Pollinator Week 2021. Watch three brief videos featuring a wasp brushing against the anthers of Monarda punctata as it searches for nectar; two bees collecting pollen from the poricidal anthers of azalea; and a butterfly searching for nectar on an azalea. Which of these are actually pollinators? Continue reading

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