Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Monkey Flower
Mimulus guttatus

of the Figwort Family

a Perennial
30-70 cm high
blooms Juy-September
likes wet places such as banks of rivers, streams, lakes

can be seen on the banks of the Clyde by the Pavilion.

   
This pretty flower was brought to British gardens from Alaska in 1812 but escaped to become established in the wild. It has thrived so well and is very commonly seen along the banks of rivers and canals that one could easily mistake it for a native plant. Its name probably arises from the shape of the flower whose petals look like a smiling monkey. Its scientific name means “little spotted actor”.