Lab Cat

26 Jun 2007

Purple surprise

Filed under: Garden, Photo — Cat @ 7:00 am

©cdavies 2007

I found this flower hiding in one of the beds. I don’t know what it is. There is also a red flower (see tomorrow’s photo) which I thought was coming from the same plant.

Does anyone know what it is? I think the leaves are scented.

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3 Comments »

  1. Hi, Cat!
    That’s one I know — it’s officially called Monarda, but also bergamot or beesbalm. (Bees and butterflies like it!) It grows as a wildflower in this area (Wisconsin) but the wild form is a pale purple. It’s been bred from the wildflower for other colors. It spreads like a weed, as I’m finding out this year! (See my blog for a picture today also.)
    The leaves are wonderfully scented and are what are used to flavor “Earl Grey” tea (if you look at the ingredient list, it will say “oil of bergamot”.

    Glad you asked a question I could answer!
    Cathy

    Comment by Cathy-Cate — 26 Jun 2007 @ 9:27 pm

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  3. Cathy-Cate

    Of course it is bee’s balm. I remember buying it now! I didn’t realize that Bee’s Balm was also bergamot. I love Earl Grey tea. I don’t remember it flowering last year.

    Cat

    Comment by Cat — 27 Jun 2007 @ 10:40 am


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