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Monarda sp.

Monarda sp.
Common name bee balm
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers various
Size 3'
Light sun

Popular member of the mint family, with fragrant flowers on upright stems. Bee balms have the reputation of being aggressive spreaders - but they're nicely confined in our garden (I even confess to having killed one of our two patches through neglect - how I do not know). In fact, it's not a plant that I think about a whole lot (which is good during the time it's afflicted by powdery mildew), but it certainly makes a nice clump when it's blooming in early summer. Post-mortem: I'm afraid our side garden probably got too shady (courtesy of the large weeping cherry) for the continued survival of our patch there. Our garden is now without bee balm.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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