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Monkey Flower

Erythranthe guttata

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6"-1' × 6"-2'+
Flowering Season March-September
Flower Color Yellow, with red spots on bottom petals
Minimum Temperature Range -45 °F
Leaf Description Rounded, sometimes lightly toothed, lacking hairs
Fruit A more or less oval capsule
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Elevation Range 1000-9500 ft.
Description Monkey flower can be found in moist canyon bottoms in mountains throughout the state. The wide elevational range of this species makes it common almost anywhere that permanent water is found. Flowers are showy, bright yellow tubes which entice pollinators and brighten up springs and seeps. In a landscape this plant will want ample water and could be sited in a moist basin, the edge of a small pond, or in an aqua/hydroponic set up. Plants will spread quickly as branches root in where they lay. Not appropriate for all gardens, but if you have a perenially wet area in your landscape, monkey flower is well worth your consideration.