Scientific Name: Monarda punctata L.
Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Common name: Horse Mint (also known as spotted bee balm)
Description: Aromatic, native perennial herb with 4-angled stems 16-40 inches tall; flowers in tight clusters subtended by several wholly or partially pink to lavender bracts; corolla yellow, spotted with purple; flowers July-September.
Range and Habitat: In South Carolina common in the sandhills and coastal plain in sandy, dry, open woodlands, and fields; occasional in the piedmont growing in sandy or rocky woodlands.
In Porcher’s time… horsemint was used to treat flatulence and promote menstruation; an infusion of the leaves was very efficient in allaying nausea and vomiting in bilious fevers.