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Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)
Smith, R.W.

Mimulus ringens

Allegheny monkeyflower, Square-stemmed Monkeyflower

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Native Status:

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: 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 , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia; south to Georgia; west to Alabama; Louisiana, and northeastern Texas.
Native Habitat: Wet meadows and streambanks.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Loam


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Common Buckeye, Baltimore checkerspots

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Mimulus ringens is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
(Euphydryas phaeton)

Larval Host
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Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

Larval Host
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Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
Ohio Prairie Nursery - Hiram, OH
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Mimulus ringens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mimulus ringens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mimulus ringens


Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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