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Mimulus lewisii (Purple monkeyflower)
Glase, Terry

Mimulus lewisii

Mimulus lewisii Pursh

Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkey-flower, Lewis monkey-flower

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: mile2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: C. CA Sierras to AK, e. to CO & MT
Native Habitat: Stream banks, moist meadows & seeps from 4000-10,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist or wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Propagation

Description: 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

Find Seed or Plants

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

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FACW FACW
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 on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2013-06-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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