Allegheny Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens)
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 1-2 ft
Bloom Time: June-September
Many purple flowers are arranged in pairs along the square-stem. Blooms are 1 inch long and look somewhat like the smiling face of a monkey. Rhizomateous. Deer Resistant.
A host plant for Buckeye Butterflies (pictured is one we watched emerge from its chrysalis made on a Coral Honeysuckle vine). Hummingbirds visit for nectar, as well as Bumble Bees, who have naturally evolved with this plant and are strong enough to get through the flower's tight throat when other insects cannot.