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Mimulus primuloides (Primrose monkeyflower)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Mimulus primuloides

Mimulus primuloides Benth.

Primrose Monkeyflower, Yellow Creeping Monkeyflower, Creeping Yellow Monkeyflower

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Yellow creeping monkey-flower or primrose monkey-flower is a low, mat-forming perennial, the whole plant sometimes not more than an inch high. The little leaf rosettes are light green and crowded one against the next. Leaf edges are lined with white hairs. The yellow flowers are primrose-shaped and marked with red-brown spots. The flowers are borne at the ends of tiny, leafless stalks.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA
Native Distribution: S.w. MT to AZ, w. to e. WA & CA
Native Habitat: Moist meadows & wet, grassy banks from 4000-8000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist or wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Easily increased through divisions of the ever-enlarging mats. Seeds may also be used.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW OBL
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 Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1996 VOL. 13, NO.4 - The Worth of a Native Plant, Pros and Cons of Using Rare Native Plants, Educatio...

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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