Jul. 29, 2021

lemon beebalm, Monarda citriodora

What a nice surprise! Lemon beebalm just popped in a planted prairie at Ives Preserve. It must have been inadvertently mixed in the seed. There's a rule that seed for these plantings at Ives must come from within 15 miles. As far as I can tell, there's no record of this plant in Michigan, or anywhere within at least a couple hundred miles. So it is not native, but so far there has been no mention of trying to eradicate it. If we can live with aliens like Queen Ann's lace and dog mustard, we can certainly enjoy this beauty. Normally you could see lemon beebalm in open areas in AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX, and UT. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/26/21. Mint family, Menthaceae.