Mimulus guttatus (Yellow Monkeyflower) - photos and description









General: Stems decumbent to erect, usually simple. Plants glabrous.

Seed for these plants are available commercially, we've grown them in a shady spot under our bird bath, easy from seed.

Flowers: Showy yellow flowers in July. Flowers have 5 lobes and a large lower lip, have bearding in their throat, and are often red-spotted. We measured flowers to 4 cm long. and 3 cm wide.

Leaves: Leaves are round to oblong, opposite, irregularly toothed, up to 6 cm long and 4 cm wide. Lower leaves with petioles, upper leaves clasping the stem.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, I measured plants to 65 cm tall.

Habitat: Edges of streams and springs in the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: Provincially rare, ranked as an S2 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. Fairly common along streams and springs in the Cypress Hills.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 21st, July 24th, and August 3rd in the Cypress Hills, 400 km SW of Regina, SK, and October 11th, native plant garden at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in our home in Regina, SK.