Is this a weed of flower? Spreads like crazy.

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I have some Monarda's that are a couple of different shades of purple. I notice that sort of reddish tint on the new leaves near the stem too.

    This is an interesting puzzle, Donna. Please do tahe update foto's to show from time to time.
     
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    Here is a picture that shows a clearer picture of monarda foliage.
    http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/resul ... mage=23309

    Does this spread by rhizomes? I have a patch of monarda, but it doesn't spread readily, but maybe I don't have it in a great place. My last try at it didn't survive, either. The foliage on mine doesn't have that leathery appearance, either.
     
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    New pic. picked some leaves and compared them to pictures. Looks like monarda to me. What do you think?

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    The leaves do look Monarda-ish to me, but the stems should have ridges on them as Monarda is a mint relative. About the leathery look, I was thinking that it is new in the season and sometimes the first leaves look a little differently from more mature leaves. It is a mystery indeed.
     



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  5. carolyn

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    Donna, do you like Earl Grey tea? if so, that is what this plant should remind you of.

    Maybe it is monarda, but it doesn't look like I think it should and maybe I am wrong, but time will tell.
     
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    I have more than one sort of Monarda in my lil garden, and the one that is not that dark purply colour has different-looking leaves.

    I reckon that the bottom line will be to just wait and see what you get. Whatever it is meid, I hope that you like it.

    ...Don't forget to show us in the summer, Oké?
     
  7. Donna S

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    Thanks all for help. I guess it's a wait and see now.

    Carolyn, I'm not a tea person so I've never had Earl Grey tea.
     
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    Donna,If this is Monarda the leaves will have a fragrance when rubbed.
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    Oh... Donna, BTY, I do have a patch of Monarda. How funny. It looks just like yours, too. :rolleyes: . I got it last year and it is now coming up and looks just like this and I even already dug some to pot it up and sell it.
     

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