Mimulus nanus Hook. & Arn.
Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Mimulus tolmiei
USDA Symbol: MINA
A little plant, covered with glandular hairs, bearing stems with 1 or many branches and rich reddish-lavender, bilaterally symmetrical flowers on short stalks in upper leaf axils.
Like other desert annuals, in a year of poor rainfall Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower puts all its efforts into producing a new crop of seeds to ensure future generations. After growing only about 1/4 (6 mm) tall, it flamboyantly produces one comparatively huge flower that seems to sit directly on the ground. In years of ample moisture, plants will be branched and up to 4 (10 cm) tall, bearing dozens of flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Central Washington south to northern California and east to northeastern Nevada, northwestern Wyoming, and southwestern Montana.
Native Habitat: Dry open areas on sagebrush plains and in open pine forests.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Mimulus nanus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mimulus nanus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mimulus nanus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff