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Mimulus ringens

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium, high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac, lavender, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, emergent, mounding, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)
  • Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)
  • Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)
  • Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)
  • Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)

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Description

Mimulus ringens

Also known as:

Allegheny monkeyflower

,

estuary monkeyflower

,

square-stemmed monkeyflower

,

square-stemmed monkey flower

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Mimulus ringens has been attributed the common name monkey flower for the supposed resemblance of the the flowers to a monkey's face. It is an upright perennial wildflower with square, often branching stems, that grows to a height of 1' to 3', sometimes taller in ideal conditions. The leaves are light green, opposite, lance-shaped and coarsely serrated. Purplish flowers reminiscent of snapdragons are about an inch long, and emerge from the leaf axils on the upper half of the plant. It has a rhizomatous root system, and matures into tidy, dense mounds.

Cultivation

Mimulus ringens is native to wet areas that are commonly subject to standing water, and lowlands that are occasionally flooded. It is best used in wet spots, or around water feature where the plants will be guaranteed ample moisture throughout the year. It may be grown in more typical garden settings, so long as the soil is not allowed to dry out. Other than high levels of moisture, Allegheny monkeyflower is not particular about soil type. It prefers full sun, but is tolerant of minimal shade. It will colonize by both its rhizomatous root system and by seed, under ideal conditions, yet does not do so aggressively. The bloom period is long lasting, extending for up to a month and a half, from mid summer to early fall. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Can be propagated by clump division, root cuttings, and by seed.

Additional Notes

Attracts bumble bees, and is a larval host to several butterfly species.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Scrophulariaceae Figwort family
Genus Mimulus monkeyflower
Species Mimulus ringens Allegheny monkeyflower