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Is this a weed or not?

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:53 pm
by live free and garden
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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Re: Is this a weed or not?

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:06 pm
by MarcP
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?

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:40 am
by live free and garden
Thanks MarcP! That certainly looks to be it - I'll take a look this week to confirm. Appreciate the help! :-()

Re: Is this a weed or not?

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:27 pm
by Mr_bobo_
Monarda is Latin name ... and that plant vanish from my garden this year... :(

Re: Is this a weed or not?

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:38 pm
by rainbowgardener
Hi Mr. Bobo ! Check out the plants in this thread:

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

can you ID them? thanks

Re: Is this a weed or not?

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:55 pm
by cynthia_h
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:

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9