This succulent, creeping plant gives rise to myriads of yellow flowers sporting characteristic lines of red spots. It’s a member of the Snapdragon Family. Native peoples used Monkey Flower extensively for making cooling, healing poultices. The tea was employed as an anti-inflammatory and as an antidote to poisons, to alleviate gastric distress. As the name implies, the plant loves to grow in a cool seep or on the moist banks of rivers and streams.
Photo: Eel River, Oregon