What purple flower, probably common in gardens

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I might have finally got this. The stems seem somewhat square and leaves are alternate, Lamiaceae-looking, but the flowers look like Asteraceae. What about Monarda fistulosa? Wild bergamot or bee balm, Lamiaceae. I started by querying bee balm four hours ago, but nothing came up that looked like this, so I went off in other directions. It's in an ornamental planting in the North Garden, not on my inventory listing.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Monarda.
     
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    Sure looks like Monarda fistulosa, especially if the flowers are in the 1.5-2.0 inch range. It's a plentiful species in my area.
     
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    You even managed to capture a bee in one of the photos, lovely!
     

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