A Pinterest-worthy flower if ever there was one! Monkey flower gets its name from the blossoms that resemble tiny little monkey faces. This sort of thing happens with exotic plants hanging in greenhouses, not wildflowers in New England! Ahh, but it happens with Mimulus ringens.
Getting to the nitty-gritty, this guy needs wet feet, will grow to between 1-3 feet tall, and will produce small (monkey-faced!) flowers that pop alongside bright green stems and thin leaves.
M.ringens is a larval host plant for butterflies such as the Baltimore checkerspots and Common Buckeye. Care should be taken if planted in areas that have an infestation of Purple Loosestrife, as the native bumblebees that pollinate the Monkey Flower are attracted first to the Purple Loosestrife, and this native is unable to compete.
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Mimulus ringens (Allegheny monkey-flower)
SIZE: 1/2 quart pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: average, moist height: 2' plant spacing: 1 per square foot bloom time: June, July, August, September bloom color: purple
good plant companions
Swamp milkweed, New England aster, Joe-pye weed, obedient plant
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)