Plant ID forum: is this bee balm?

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Name: Gary
Cincinnati Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Gschnettler
Apr 5, 2017 5:50 PM CST
this plant is growing where beebalm was last year, but it looks like a weed. is it beebalm?
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 5, 2017 5:59 PM CST
It looks like bee balm. If it has a square stem and aromatic leaves when you squish them that should confirm it.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 5, 2017 6:53 PM CST
And if its growing where the Bee Balm was last year, that's a good indication its Bee Balm. Smiling It does look like Bee Balm (mine are at about the same growth stage).
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Name: Gary
Cincinnati Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Gschnettler
Apr 6, 2017 6:25 AM CST
thanks for your replies. Does Bee Balm spread indefinitely? it seems to be really expanding its footprint. will that continue until it takes over the whole garden bed? if so, how do you control its expansion?
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Apr 6, 2017 6:35 AM CST
It can be a vigorous grower given the right conditions (full sun), easily controlled by pulling it out, transplanting it to another location or giving it to neighbors!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 6, 2017 8:36 AM CST
It likes moisture too, and yes where it is happy it can take over a whole bed if you let it, and get mixed in with other adjacent plants. I've contained it either by chopping off bits at the edges to keep a buffer zone, or growing it in a bottomless tub so that it can't spread beyond the confines of the tub/bucket (my grandfather's remedy for controlling mints), and in one case moving it to the edge of a pond where it can spread as far as it wants and it really loves it there.

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