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Common Yellow Monkey flower

Scientific name

Mimulus guttatus


Common Yellow Monkey Flower is a perennial or re-seeding annual wildflower species that typically grows between 0.5 and 1 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Seep Monkey Flower or Yellow Monkey Flower. The leaves are oppositely arranged, attached directly to the stem, broad, ovate shaped, and have irregularly toothed margins. The flowers are showy, small, bright yellow colored, resemble snapdragons, and bloom between July and August. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, including bees and hummingbirds. This plant has incredibly variable genetics and has been the source of many scientific studies on evolution.

Planting conditions

Common Yellow Monkey Flower grows best in moist to wet conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It grows well in a variety of soil types as long as there is adequate moisture. It tolerates poorly drained, periodically flooded areas. This wildflower can be naturally found in wet ditches, wet meadows, and along riparian areas.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5-1 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m