Ask a Question forum: Did my monarda die of old age?

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LAS14
Jun 21, 2017 1:07 PM CST
We've had a luxuriant patch of monarda, probably Jacob Klein, for around 20 years, maybe longer. It spread and didn't require weeding and bloomed gloriously. This year it didn't even sprout. I know perennials don't live forever, but would they all die off at once? Presumably there were plants of all ages there. And no weeds grew in that plot this spring or summer. That's weird. I've included one photo from its heyday and 3 from this week.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 21, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Is it under a black walnut?
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woofie
Jun 21, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Odd that it's only the Monarda that was affected. Could it have been killed by a Monarda-specific disease last fall?
I have no idea, but the bare spot just looks weird.
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LAS14
Jun 21, 2017 6:13 PM CST
To Daisyl - no, not under a black walnut.

scheul
May 9, 2018 8:08 PM CST
The exact thing just happened to mine and it has been beautiful and spreading for 12 years. Obviously, it isn't all the same age. Interestingly, 3 plants remain at the periphery.

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