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Allegheny Monkey Flower

Mimulus ringens

The name comes from the lilac-colored flowers that resemble a monkey’s face


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Mimulus ringens, commonly called Allegheny monkey flower or square-stemmed monkey flower, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) which typically occurs in swampy areas, wet meadows, pond/streambanks and low woods.

Wildlife notes

Bumblebees visit Allegheny monkey flower for nectar. They are one of the few insects that are strong enough to force their way into the partially closed throat of the corolla. The caterpillars of the moth, Chalcedony Midget, and caterpillars of the butterfly, Buckeye, feed on the foliage. Little appears to be known about this plant’s ecological relationships with vertebrate animals, although it is sometimes large enough to provide protective cover in wetlands.

Forage notes

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Landscaping notes

Grow in moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best in part shade. Naturalizes in optimum growing conditions by both self-seeding and creeping rhizomes. Flowers bloom throughout the summer. Best naturalized in moist to wet soils in water gardens, bog gardens, wet meadows, water margins or low spots. May be grown in moist soils in borders as long as soils do not dry out. The size of a plant is strongly influenced by moisture conditions and soil fertility.

Restoration notes

Habitats include floodplain and bottomland forests (particularly in partially sunny areas), swamps, seeps, muddy borders of small streams or ponds, drainage ditches, prairie swales, and wet meadows. It typically occurs in areas that are prone to occasional flooding or standing water.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Wet Meadow Mix

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Wet Meadow Mix | Native Wildflower Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

1 bulk lb/acre


Moist, Wet



Bloom Month

Jul, Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.