Plant Profile

Mimulus ringens: Square Stem Monkey Flower

Family: Lopseed

Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail

Bloom Period: June–August

Habitat: Wet areas, swamps; full to partial sun and rich soil

Interesting Facts:

  • Bloom supposed to suggest a monkey’s face.
  • Stem square.
  • Moved from figwort family to lopseed.
  • Mimulus from the Latin for buffoon.
  • Bumblebees frequent this plant because they are strong enough to force their way into the partially closed corolla.