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Bush Monkey Flower
Mimulus aurantiacus
  
About Bush Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) 52 Nurseries Carry This Plant The bush monkey-flower or sticky monkey-flower is a flowering perennial plant that grows in a subshrub form, native to southwestern North America from southwestern Oregon south through most of California and into Baja, Mexico. It grows up to 1.2 meters tall, has deep green sticky leaves 3 to 7 centimeters long and up to a centimeter broad and flowering stems that grow vertically. The flowers are tubular at the base and about 2 centimeters long with five broad lobes; they occur in a variety of shades from white to red, the most common color being a light orange. They are pollinated by bees and hummingbirds. The stigmas are notably sensitive and will close after being touched.

This genus has been subject to taxonomic debate. It is currently included in the Lopseed family but was previously in the Scrophularia. Some authorities prefer to list the genus as Diplacus. Within this species there are six recognized varieties that differ in flower size, color and other features.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3.9 - 5 ft tall
5 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds, insects

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of difficult soils if adequate drainage is provided. Tolerates Serpentine Soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Due to its occurrence in many habitats, Sticky Monkeyflower is associated with hundreds of other plants

Maintenance
Maintenance
Deadhead to increase flower production. Pinch back new growth in spring to maintain more compact form.

Propagation
Propagation?
From seed or cuttings

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4, 5, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky or sandy hillsides, cliffs, canyon slopes, disturbed places in a wide variety of vegetation communities including Chaparral, Coastal Scrub, Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, and Joshua Tree Woodland

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.6" - 117.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.71", Coldest Month: 27.8" - 57.4", Hottest Month: 52.8" - 82.0", Humidity: 0.01" - 34.52", Elevation: -133" - 8815"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Mimulus bifidus,Diplacus bifidus
Common Names: Island Monkeyflower, Sticky Monkeyflower


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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