What flower is that?

Monkey Flower plantMonkey Flower close-up
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2019

The mystery plant for February 2019 is a perennial with opposite, toothed and sessile leaves and can be found growing in open, sunny  wetlands. The showy and bilabiate blue flowers have four stamens and grow from the axils of the leaves on long pedicels. This plant grows in marshes, swamps and in open wetlands to a height of two to three feet. It blooms from early July to late August.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Mimulus ringens
Common Name:
  Monkey Flower
Family:
  Phrymaceae (Lopseed Family)
Habitat:
  Open wetlands, marshes and pond shores

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