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What plant is that?

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March 2021 Mystery Plant

March 2021 Mystery Plant-- flower stalk

March 2021 Mystery Plant --flower head

March 2021 Mystery Plant --close up of flower

Top: © Katy Chayka, via Minnesota Wildflowers,
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf
2nd photo: Fritzflohrreynolds, CC BY-SA 3.0
<https://creativecommons.org/
licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
third photo: © Peter M. Dziuk , via Minnesota Wildflowers,
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf
Bottom: Patrick J. Alexander,
hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

The mystery plant for March 2021
is a prostate to sub-erect perennial.

The spikes are 1 to 2” tall.
The leaves are lance to egg-shaped,
slightly toothed and long-stalked,
up to 3” long.
The plant is about 1 foot tall.
The calyx is bell-shaped,
about 3/8 inch long, green to purple,
and sparsely hairy.
The petals are blue.
The tubular flowers are ½-inch long,
and irregular in shape.
The upper lip is blue to purple,
the lower lip has 3 lobes,
the 2 side lobes small
and light blue to lavender,
the center lobe white to lavender and
fringed all around the edges.
The stamens are dark and
purple-tipped with a white style
along the inside of the upper lip.
This plant flowers from
mid-June to late September.
It can be found growing
in disturbed areas and waste places.

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what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Diane Ames
Emma Brown
Brian Maynard
Alan Newton