If you are looking for color in the garden, there are many excellent Central Oregon perennial native wildflowers that will work. One great choice is the Purple Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii Pursh. Other names for this plant is great purple monkeyflower, Lewis monkeyflower and Lewis’s monkeyflower. This wildflower was named in honor of explorer Meriwether Lewis.
This multi stem flower grows 1 – 3 feet tall. The light green leaves are 1 – 4” long with toothed or plain edges. Showy, tubular, penstemon-like flowers are deep rose-pink with maroon blotches and dark lines in the throat. The center of the flowers is bright yellow. It will flower from mid to later summer, June – September.
In the wild, purple monkeyflower is found in wet places in mountain meadows and high streamside places. In your garden, plant in full sun to partial shade in wet to moist soil. It will tolerate seasonal flooding. It is not a drought tolerant plant.
Purple monkeyflower is a great choice if you want to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden.
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