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Featured in Wildflowers of North America – Sept 30, 2011

LEWIS’ MONKEY-FLOWER Mimulus lewisii Lewis’ monkey-flower is a showy, herbaceous perennial with erect stems ascending from rhizomes. The leaves are glabrous to slightly hairy, lance-shaped, and unevenly toothed. The pink-purple, irregular corollas are two-lipped with two lobes above and three lobes below, while the throat has two bright yellow patches.
HABITAT/RANGE: Thiscommonmoun-tain wildflower grows in dense clumps along moist, wet streams, ravines and seepage areas. Ranges from Alaska south to Utah and California. Blooms late June through August.
FACTS/USES: Both the common and specific names pay tribute to Captain Meriwether Lewis, the explorer who first described this plant. The bright rose-pink flowers are attrac-tants for pollination by insects and hummingbirds. As nectary guides entice them into the funnel-shaped throat, anthers, projecting from the roof, dust their backs with pollen.

Photographed in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Comments

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous flower and capture!

  • Thank you Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Heather  Waller-Rivet  IPA
    Heather Walle...about 5 years ago

    gorgeous

  • Thank you Heather.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a beautiful capture Teresa!! Very interesting write-up!

  • Thank you my friend. The hills in Yellowstone were full of them. They looked so beautiful.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Teresa, this is a new one for me…Enjoyed the write-up, so interesting to see how they got their name…inst fave with thanks

  • Thank you for commenting my friend.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

    this is so beautiful hon, what a lovely bright color!

  • They were so gorgeous with their bright smiling faces. Thanks hon.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • Thank you so much my dear friend.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

    They are beautiful blooms, I love the deep pink colours.

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment dear Sharon.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago


    Congratulations hon and a very Happy New Year, thanks for spending such a fun day with us on the first day of 2010! Hugs

  • Thank you hon. I’m honored to get a spotlight of the week in your wonderful group. We had fantastic time with you and Fred yesterday as always. Happy New Year 2010 once again my dearest friend.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for another feature hon. I sure didn’t expect two at the same time. I’m very honored.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Don’t forget to enter our We’re In The Pink Challenge

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