Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A new spark friend recently asked "how did I choose my name?"
The name comes from two things I love: a funny faced wildflower genus and my niece.
Mimulus is Latin for "little mime or comic actor," for the face-like corolla of these flowers, which made some botanist think of a little monkey-face. These flowers are often called monkey-flowers, which is a nick name that always makes me smile. When out and about on hikes/walks I love seeing these wildflowers.
My niece is "as cute as a bug" and loves everything "lady bug", so I call her Natalie-bug and told her she could call me mimulus-bug (or monkey-bug) if she liked.
I've included two photos of common or seep monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatas) in my album for your viewing pleasure.
Mimulus guttatus is an annual to sometimes perennial that grows in seeps, springs or along creeks. Useful along the edges of ponds or the fountains. Very floriforus for months in spring-summer. Seep monkey flower is well liked by hummingbirds, disliked by deer. If Seep monkey flower goes dry it disappears.