Gone To Seed

Wild Bergamot gone to seed, late July 2017 (photo by Kate St.John)
Wild Bergamot gone to seed, late July 2017 (photo by Kate St.John)

Is this a daisy-like green flower with six petals?

No.

The green "petals" are sepals. The two lavender and white tubes on the left provide a clue. The central disc used to hold the flowers.

This is wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).  When in bloom it looks like this.

Wild bergamot in bloom in 2016 (photo by Kate St.John)
Wild bergamot in bloom, early July 2016 (photo by Kate St.John)

Still don't recognize it?  Click here to see a flower bed full of Monarda fistulosa.

It's a challenge to identify flowers when they've gone to seed.

 

(photos by Kate St. John)

One thought on “Gone To Seed

  1. Here in the Rocky Mountains we call it Bee Balm, and it is one of my FAVORITES. (Though truth be told…I do have MANY favorite wildflowers!!). On my daily hike there are several large meadows of Bee Balm (past their prime right now, of course!) I was going to post a pic I took three weeks ago, but alas, it wouldn’t post. Ah well…
    LOVE your blog, Kate! Thanks for so faithfully keeping it up! Blessings on you!

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