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Lewis's Monkeyflower bloom

Lewis's Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)

Also Known As:  Purple Monkeyflower, Great Purple Monkeyflower

Family:  Snapdragon (Scrophulariaceae)

Popular Anagrams:  "Weenies Fry Wok Molls";  "Owl Swim, Kerosene Fly"

Habitat:  Moist areas at elevations from 4,000 - 8,000 feet (1,200 - 2,400 meters). I've seen it on trails along both the Tioga and Glacier Point roads.

Flowering Season:  June - September

Size:  The plant grows one to three feet high. The flowers are big and flashy, often a couple inches across. You won't walk past a blooming Lewis's Monkeyflower without noticing it.

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Native to California (see distribution maps for California and U.S./Canada)

Mimulus lewisii etymology:  Mimulus derives from the Greek word for mime, because some members of the genus are said to resemble faces. Lewisii is homage to Meriwether Lewis (1774 - 1809) of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

This Photo:  Along the Sunrise Lakes trail, late July

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  CalPhotos  ·  USDA  ·  US Forest Service

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