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Cardinal Monkeyflower
Scarlet Monkeyflower

Mimulus cardinalis

Photo by Michael Plagens

Photographed along Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2, 2004. This image is hosted at full resolution on Wikimedia Commons.

FLOWERS: Deep scarlet red with four exserted stamens and a long exserted style. Blooming period is from mid spring through summer.

PERENNIAL: A perennial herb of those rare places in the Sonoran Desert that are moist nearly year-round. Mostly less than 1 meter tall and forming loose clumps.

LEAVES: Alternate leaves are broadly elyptic with 3 or 5 prominent veins and toothed margins.

RANGE: Rare in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Found only in partially shady springs and seeps with moist soil.

FRUIT: Upon maturity, dry capsules split open near apex releasing many seeds.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

The red flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds such as the Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Scrophulariaceae -- Figwort Family

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