Mimulus ringens (Monkey flower)
Monkey flower Description:
Mimulus ringens, commonly known as Allegheny monkey flower or simply as Monkey flower, is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America. It is a member of the snapdragon family and is found growing in wetland areas, including swamps, bogs, and marshes.
The plant grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) in height and has an upright habit. It has lance-shaped leaves that are up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) long and are arranged oppositely along the stem. The leaves are dark green in color and have a slightly hairy texture.
In mid to late summer, Allegheny monkey flower produces distinctive blue flowers that are two-lipped and tubular in shape. The flowers are arranged in terminal clusters and are highly attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Allegheny monkey flower is a good choice for water gardens, rain gardens, and other wetland areas. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. The plant has a number of medicinal uses and has been traditionally used as a herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, including as a treatment for respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
Monkey flower is commonly found in the Midwest and Eastern United States. In Minnesota, Monkey flower is found in nearly all regions of the state.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 1' - 3'
Bloom Time: June - September
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun. Often found in wet swamps and shorelines.
Stratification: C60, D