Mimulus ringens
(Square-Stem Monkeyflower)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Square-Stem Monkeyflower, Allegheny Monkeyflower, Monkeyflower
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - September
    Status: Native

Mimulus ringens, or Square-Stem Monkeyflower, is native to most of the eastern half of the United States. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in moist areas, like ditches, along railroads, roadsides, on pond and lake margins and other perpetually wet areas. It blooms in mid summer into fall, with purple flowers that can be all purple, or have some white and/or yellow in the center.

This plant is one of several species of Mimulus in the US, but one of only three with wide distribution in the eastern half of the US. The closest to it is Mimulus alatus, but that species has no stems on its flowers and they come directly out of the main stem. More info and photos on telling other species apart will be posted later.

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