Erythranthe guttata, Seep Monkeyflower
Creek monkeyflower was formerly Mimulus guttatus and is now Erythranthe guttata. It is a showy yellow-blooming perennial that sometimes acts like an annual, depending on amount of moisture. It blooms early in the spring for several months. Found in moist places, like seeps, around creeks, near ponds, along roadsides. Vigorous and easy to grow, the new leaves are edible when young, and the flowers are a native bee magnet. Spreads through rhizomes as well as reseeding freely. 1' tall, upright habit.