Blooming in late summer or in the fall, Cusick’s monkeyflower (Mimulus cusickii) adds a bit of unexpected bright color to the landscape.
A native annual, Cusick’s monkeyflowers have opposite, pointed leaves that are covered with sticky glands. The pink to magenta flowers have five lobes and are on short stalks. There are yellow bands margined by a deep pink in the throat of the flower.
Found in the Great Basin and Steens, this monkeyflower is found in sandy or gravelly places. These Cusick’s monkeyflowers were photographed on Lava Butte south of Bend OR.