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Monkeyflower

Erythranthe guttata

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Phrymaceae (Monkeyflower)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Ostentatious solitary yellow flowers with red spots mostly in the throat of the flower, up to 4cm.
Fruit:
Seed capsule, 2-valved, up to 1cm long.
Leaves:
Semi-evergreen. The fleshy green leaves are in opposite pairs and are conjoined at their bases. They are round, or egg-shaped in shape and have scalloped margins.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The bitter-tasting leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. They make a good substitute for lettuce and are good in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Common Monkeyflower, Common Yellow Monkeyflower, Creek Monkeyflower, Golden Monkeyflower, Monkey Musk, Seep Monkeyflower.
Habitats:
Meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, waterside, woodland.