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Skunky Monkeyflower
Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus
About Skunky Monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mimulus mephiticus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common names skunky monkeyflower and foul odor monkeyflower. It has been reclassified as Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus. The species is native to the Sierra Nevada and western Great Basin of California and Nevada. Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus is a diminutive summer annual growing to a height of 15 cm (usually much smaller, especially at high elevation). The oppositely arranged leaves are linear or lance-shaped and up to 3 centimeters in length. The leaves emit an unpleasant scent when crushed, the characteristic that earned the plant its name. The trumpet-shaped flower may be up to 2 centimeters long and has an upper lip with two lobes and a lower lip with three. The flower is magenta or yellow, and populations occasionally have plants with both colors. The lower lip of the flower is marked with purplish lines and spots.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

5.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.0" - 78.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 3.60", Coldest Month: 19.9" - 54.1", Hottest Month: 38.1" - 76.3", Humidity: 0.53" - 30.39", Elevation: 376" - 13010"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Foul Odor Monkeyflower

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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