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Mimulus ringens L.
Allegheny monkeyflower, Square-stemmed Monkeyflower
USDA Symbol: MIRI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Asymmetrical, 2-lipped, blue-purple flowers rise from the axils of opposite leaves that clasp the square stem.
The flower looks something like a monkeys face, hence the common and genus names, the latter from the Latin mimus (a buffoon). A variety of this plant, M. ringens var. colpophilus, found from Quebec to Maine on tidal muds, is classified as an endangered species in Maine. The lavender-flowering Sharp-winged Monkeyflower (M. alatus) has stalked leaves and a winged stem. It is more common southward and westward in wet sites.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia; south to Georgia; west to Alabama; Louisiana, and northeastern Texas. Native Habitat:
Wet meadows and streambanks. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Common Buckeye, Baltimore checkerspots
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DENative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff