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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl.
USDA Symbol: MIMO3
A sticky, hairy, musk-scented plant with bilaterally symmetrical, tubular, yellow, flattish-faced flowers in leaf axils on a weak, ascending stem.
Originally native to North America from the Rockies west, as far north as British Columbia and as far south as southern California, this plant has apparently escaped from cultivation over much of its present range. It can be used in wetland wildflower gardens. Two other species, both known as Yellow Monkeyflower, have smooth stems and yellow flowers: M. guttatus has flowers 1/2-1 3/4 (1.5-4.5 cm) long, with essentially closed throats, and is naturalized from western North America, occurring in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and probably elsewhere in the East; M. glabratus has flowers 1/4-1 (6-25 mm) long, with wide-open throats, and is found from Alberta to Quebec and from Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and the Dakotas south to Texas.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: BC
, ON Native Distribution:
Ontario east to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina, and northwest to West Virginia; Michigan; also in much of West. Native Habitat:
Streambanks and pondsides.
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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2012-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff