Mimulus lewisii Pursh
Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkey-flower, Lewis monkey-flower
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: C. CA 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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Mimulus lewisii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mimulus lewisii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mimulus lewisii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-06-24
Research By: TWC Staff