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Mimulus ringens

Monkey Flower

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Small lavender colored flowers bloom throughout the summer, offering a nectar source for bees. 

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Small lavender colored flowers bloom throughout the summer, offering a consistent nectar source for bees. The flowers are thought to resemble the face of a monkey. This wetland perennial prefers consistently moist rich soils, and has little tolerance for drought. It offers some deer resistance and would make a nice addition to pond or stream edges, wet meadows, or rain gardens with consistent moisture.

Wildlife Value: Bees nectar on the flowers. Monkey Flower is a host plant for catetpillars of the Common Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia). 

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer

Bloom Colors: Purple

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Soil pH: Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Drought Tolerance: None

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: .75 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium