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 our home in Regina, SK.