biwa
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[Photo] Unidentified mint flower

Can anybody tell me what this flower is called? I planted it in my garden from a wildflower seed mix, but I lost the package years ago and now I can't figure out what this flower is called. I think it is in the mint family (lamiaceae) because it looks very similar to the catnip I grow. It likes the sun, is about 3 feet tall, and seems to attact a lot of bees and butterflies.
[img]https://www.megkazul.net/images/butterflies/800x600/swallowtail03.jpg[/img]
Thanks in advance for any help.

opp2
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I'm pretty sure it's a salvia plant.

https://www.richmond.edu/~shayden/garden_flower_pics_web/salvia_farinacea_s.JPG

biwa
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But the flowers on that salvia thing look different. They're shaped funny and they don't have the green leaf-ish encasing at the base the flowers like my plant has, and the flowers aren't as crowded on the stem.

opp2
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Yes, some of them are like that, but I have one in my garden that looks like your's right now...

The others might be able to help you out also...

Newt
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Hi Biwa,

Looks like Agastache aka hyssop or anise hyssop. Are the leaves aromatic and the stems square?
https://www.stauder.net/bildearkiv/Agastache%20rugosa%201.jpg
https://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/columngw/gr050604.html
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/cornell_herbaceous/plant_pages/Agastacherugosa.html

Mine tend to seed about the garden a bit but are easy to pull out. My hummingbirds like them too. There are many varieties.
https://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/plants/2004su_agastache.html

Newt

biwa
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Thanks Newt! I'm pretty sure it's agastache rugosa, "Korean hyssop."

Yeah, they're definately seeding around the garden... I'm tempted to pull some of them out to let my milkweed grow, but I hate to do it because the butterflies like the hyssop so much. They like the milkweed too, but it doesn't bloom for nearly as long as this hyssop.

Newt
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You're so very welcome! Trust me, you can pull some out and still have plenty. I pull out the ones I don't want and still have plenty. :) Keep in mind that the milkweed is the larval food for the Monarch butterfly.
https://www.monarchwatch.org/

Newt

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Hello biwa i think it is the borase mint we have them in our yard too weve got mints all over the fence line dug them up and moved them cause they multiply fast and should be in a place where they can grow like in a tire or something like that

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https://www.imagebotanica.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=stock.detail&itemID=2070 try this one Agastache blue fortune

Newt
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Sharon, looks like a great site. I hope you don't mind if I use it too. :)

Newt

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Of course not i just learned how to get to the sites and drag and and drop but i guess thats cheating my husband taught me i didnt even know how to use a computer til 2 years ago still learning

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