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Common Name: Monkey Flower
Mimulus geyeri is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Western N. America - Manitoba to Michigan and Montana.
Very wet places and shallow water, especially in calcareous areas[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers rather moist places such as damp borders, margins of streams and boggy spots[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Thrives in full sun so long as the soil does not dry out[
], otherwise it is best grown in partial shade[
Leaves and young shoots - raw[
]. A slightly bitter flavour, they can be used as part of a mixed salad[
The plant, growing in the wild, is seen as an indicator of surface water[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only lightly cover the seed[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed it can also be sown in situ in late spring after the last expected frosts[
Division in spring[
]. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Cuttings of softwood, 5cm long in spring or summer[