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Is this a weed or not?

Hi all -

Recently moved into a new house and found these growing this year. My step mother gardens a lot and thought these were weeds but now they are blossoming so my wife thinks she may have been wrong.

Here are a couple pics (take a look at the red flowers blooming in the first one) -

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MarcP
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Re: Is this a weed or not?

Those red flowers make me think of bee balm or bergamot. Compare that with what you have.
Here is a picture that I took today of my bee balm.
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Re: Is this a weed or not?

Thanks MarcP! That certainly looks to be it - I'll take a look this week to confirm. Appreciate the help! :-()

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Re: Is this a weed or not?

Monarda is Latin name ... and that plant vanish from my garden this year... :(

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Re: Is this a weed or not?

Hi Mr. Bobo ! Check out the plants in this thread:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... =4&t=53690

can you ID them? thanks

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Re: Is this a weed or not?

A weed is the wrong plant in the wrong place, whether or not it's been identified.

I had the wonderful (?) experience, when we lived in Berkeley, of uprooting hundreds of identical weeds one week: tomato seedlings. They were under my roses. The compost hadn't killed the tomato seeds; thus everywhere I spread compost, there was a thick growth of tomato seedlings, almost like grass. :shock:

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