Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Mimulus guttatus (Monkey Flower)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Asteridae

Order

 Scrophulariales

Family

 Scrophulariaceae Figwort family

Genus

 Mimulus L. monkeyflower

Species

 Mimulus guttatus DC. seep monkeyflower

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.

   
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