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I have a wildflower patch on my allotment in Kent and an unusual plant has appeared this summer amongst the common wildflowers (Poppy, Yarrow, etc) - any clues gratefully received.

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Need an ID please

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  • Posted: Tue. 8th July 2014 22:25

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Reply from Christine

Are the lower leaves the same shape as those in the photo or different? Also, do they feel slightly rough / bristly?

  • Posted: Tue. 8th July 2014 22:54

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Reply from David Rayner

I checked the higher res photo and include a crop of the leaves close-up. They look slightly rough and have hairs on the edges.

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  • Posted: Tue. 8th July 2014 23:12

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Reply from Christine

Umm. I wonder if it might be betony (stachys officinalis). It's got the square stem & arrangement of flowers around the stem & I think the flowers are usually purple or pink.

I found it in our garden when we moved here & had real problems identifying it - unless I got it totally wrong it which case I'll be posting a question too! If it is betony I've found it is a bit of a thug but spreads by shallow runners so is fairly easy to control & the bees love it. The basal leaves are less pointed but a lovely vibrant green & attractive before the flower stems grow up.

Have a look at the images online & see what you think.

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 06:49

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Reply from David Rayner

Sadly, I don't think it is Betony - the flowers are trumpet like and the leaves have a slightly wavy edge whereas the flowers in my query have flat petals in a circle and the leaves have a straight edge. Thanks for having a go Christine....anyone else have any thoughts?

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 15:51

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Reply from David Rayner

Follow-up: I have had some replies from other forums and I think we now have a positive ID.

Monarda citriodora Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Common names: Lemon beebalm, Purple horsemint, Lemon mint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Horsemint, Purple lemon mint

Many thanks
David

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 16:33

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Reply from Carol

It doesn't look like Monarda citriodora to me. Maybe Monarda punctata? but even that is a bit wrong. The tiered flowers are very odd but surely should make it easy to identify! (by someone who knows what it is, of course).

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 22:56