Strange red flower that the hummingbirds like…

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Date Photo Taken: 06/15/2013
Location: Peachtree City, GA
Posted By: mb78527

Notes:

Moved into our house two years ago, so not sure of all plantings in the yard. Last year these plants came up. We honestly thought they were weeds and pulled them. This year they returned so we left them alone. Started to bloom about a week or so ago. Still kind of think they look like weeds. Saw a hummingbird visit it today. Any ideas?

COMMENTS

  1. hortiphoto Flower Fanatic says:

    That’s a Monarda, commonly known as Bergamot ( http://www.botanicalstockphotos.com/cat677.htm ), not to be confused with the bergamot citrus, which is a very different plant.

    June 15th, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  2. Mandy Unregistered says:

    Thank you for the info Green Thumb!

    June 17th, 2013 at 9:22 am
  3. lou Green Thumb says:

    I thought this was bee balm.
    Lou

    June 18th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  4. Joyce Unregistered says:

    I understand it is called bee balm and red monarda. I have always called it horsemint because that is the name my Aunt Tillie called it when she dug up a clump and gave it to me. Rub a leaf between your fingers and you will smell the mint.

    June 20th, 2013 at 9:24 am
  5. Leslie Champion Unregistered says:

    It is bee balm… the more invasive type. It’s pretty but gets too long-legged and spreads rapidly. A more compact variety with a purple blossom is more controllable and still attracts lots of bees.

    June 20th, 2013 at 10:09 am
  6. Kimberly Unregistered says:

    Looks like Bee Balm to me as well.

    June 20th, 2013 at 10:22 am
  7. Athena Unregistered says:

    Monarda IS Bee Balm!

    June 20th, 2013 at 10:30 am
  8. Taz Registered says:

    Monarda IS
    Bee Balm (common name)

    June 20th, 2013 at 11:19 am
  9. Gray Unregistered says:

    It is all of the above!

    June 20th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  10. Gene Unregistered says:

    It IS Bee Balm. Be careful as it is quite invasive. A plus is that it is deer resistant.

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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