guttatus (Monkey Flower)
A fine perennial wildflower to 2,’ with large, yellow flowers, like a roaring dragon, in the late Fall. Delightful patterns are sprinkled on the petal lips.
Hummingbirds find the trumpet shape alluring.
Native groups used the stems and leaves as a source of salt.
Found throughout the Pacific northwest (USDA 5-10), Monkey Flower is a riparian species.
It cannot tolerate drought and while it grows at high elevations, it follows watersheds and mountain streams. In one area along Highway 99 near Corvallis, this plant has found a happy home in the roadside ditches where it has formed large colonies, brightening up the local landscape.