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Wednesday - July 01, 2015

From: Stamford, CT
Region: Northeast
Topic: Plant Identification, Wildflowers
Title: Horsemint for Connecticut
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

Will horsemint grow in Connecticut?

ANSWER:

Your question nicely illustrates the most common problem with common names.  That is, more than one plant species can share the same common name. In the case of horsemint, several species in several genera are all commonly referred to as horsemint.  Some species of horsemint that are native to Connecticut and are thus, ones that we can recommend for you are: Blephilia ciliata, Monarda punctata and Pycnanthemum tenuifolium.

 

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