Mimulus luteus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaScrophulariaceaeMimulusMimulus luteus


A creeping mat-forming perennial herb naturalised in damp or wet places such as marshes and flushes, and on riversides and river shingle. It reproduces by seed and vegetatively from stem fragments. Generally lowland, but upper altitudinal limit unknown.



World Distribution

Native of S. America (Andes).

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1144

Life form information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 186

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 5

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (226b)
Silverside (1994)
Rich TCG, Jermy AC
1998.  Plant crib 1998.