Chickweed Monkeyflower (Mimulus alsinoides)
We tend to see three different species of yellow monkey flower in the Cascades and the Columbia River gorge; guttatus, the common or “seep” monkeyflower found in west-side bogs and forests, dentatus, aka “tooth-leaved” found on the east-side near streams and in forests, and these tiny alsinoides, otherwise known just as “chickweed.” We often see them growing between rocks and mosses in moist, shady environments. The flowers are usually no more than half an inch in diameter.
Now, and the next few weeks of April, when spring is on in earnest, are the times to look for them. One of our favorite sources, Wildflower Search, calls them “Wingstem Monkeyflower.”