Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Pink monkey flower

Mimulus lewisii

About This Species

Zone 4a BC Native

Grow me instead of Himalayan balsam (Policeman’s helmet)

Pink monkey flower is a native perennial 30 – 100 cm tall. It has showy, 5-petaled, pink flowers with yellow-orange centres. It has hairy stems and and egg-shaped leaves with pointed stems. This plant thrives in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soils.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions