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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Mimulus lewisii Pursh
Great purple monkey-flower, Lewis monkey-flower, Purple monkeyflower
USDA Symbol: mile2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff