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Old Jun 24, 2006, 10:20 AM   #11
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Nice--don't think I'd want to mess with this one (doesn't look real happy)
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Old Jun 24, 2006, 10:39 AM   #12
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These "otherworldly" flowers are Wild Bergamot. They are native perennials and are also called Horsemint and Bee Balm. Native Americans/early settlers used it as a mint tea to treat respiratory and digestive ailments.
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Old Jun 24, 2006, 6:32 PM   #13
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We have something similiar on the mountain slope here in the Northwest called Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa). It was used by the indians to make a tea. It give off quite an odor and usually grows on hillsides in colonies. It is much loved by bees and butterflies and is a favorite place to find butterflys in season. It looks very similiar to the plants you have, but has darker greenleaves that actually look mint like. I have no idea where the name Coyote Mint came from, maybe Coyotes like its smell- Bruce
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Old Jun 24, 2006, 7:27 PM   #14
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The scientific name for this one is Monarda fistulosa--sounds like they could be related species
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