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Monday - June 23, 2008

From: Wallingford, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Hi, I live in southeastern PA, and want to identify a wildflower . It about 36" tall, with a showy red spiked flower at the top, appox. 2" in diameter. Thanks, Robin

ANSWER:

Here are three possibilities for your flower: 

Lobelia cardinalis (cardinalflower)

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. circumvagum (fireweed)

Monarda didyma (scarlet beebalm)

If one of these is not your flower and you have a photo of it, please send it to us and we will do our very best to  identify it.   Visit the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants page to find instructions under "Plant Identification" for submitting photos.


Lobelia cardinalis

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. circumvagum

Monarda didyma

 

 

 

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