monkey flower

noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Mimulus, of the figwort family, as M. cardinalis (scarlet monkey flower) having spotted flowers that resemble a face.

Origin:
1780–90

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monkey flower
 
n
See also musk any of various scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Mimulus, cultivated for their yellow or red flowers

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monkey flower

any of the herbaceous or, rarely, shrubby plants of the genus Mimulus (family Phrymaceae, order Lamiales). The approximately 100 species are distributed worldwide but are particularly common in western North America.

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Gardens of monkey flower and cave primrose take tenuous hold in aired-out alcoves wet from seeps.
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy wildflowers such as yellow bush lupine, paintbrush and sticky monkey flower.
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