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Mimulus lewisii Pursh
Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkey-flower, Lewis monkey-flower
USDA Symbol: MILE2
Broadly lance-shaped, light-green leaves line the 1-3 ft. stems of this perennial. Its showy, penstemon-like flowers are rose-pink, marked with maroon blotches and dark lines in the throat. Showy, deep pink to red bilaterally symmetrical flowers bloom in profusion near the top of this leafy, several-stemmed plant.
This is among the most handsome of mountain wildflowers, its deep pink to red flowers probably attracting hummingbirds during their summer stay in the mountains.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Sierras to AK,
e. to CO
& MT Native Habitat:
Stream banks, moist meadows & seeps from 4000-10,000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist or wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Easily increased through root divisions of the ever-enlarging clumps. Seeds may also be used.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2013-06-24
Research By: TWC Staff