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Mimulus moschatus (Muskflower)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Mimulus moschatus

Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl.


Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: MIMO3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (I)

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.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CA , CO , CT , ID , MA , ME , MI , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NV , NY , OR , PA , UT , VA , VT , WA , WV , 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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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