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Red Bush Monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus
About Red Bush Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus) Nurseries Show All Photos Bush Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus) is a small shrub native to the coast areas of Southern California. It grows to about 2 feet high, has dark green leaves, and bright red trumpet-shaped flowers that can last for most of the year. However, the blooming period depends greatly on the rainfall pattern. It is an important food source for hummingbirds. It prefers full sun by the coast and part shade inland.

In most cases, this plant needs to go semi-deciduous in the summer. Direct watering in late summer or early fall with often kill this plant. Best to let it go dormant for the hottest months of the year, and then watch it come back with the rains. Healthy plants will readily reseed.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 2 ft (0.3 - 0.6 m)

Max. Width
2 - 3 ft (0.6 - 0.9 m)



Growth Rate

Summer Semi-Deciduous,

Dark green, shiny

Flower Color
Orange, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Mixed chaparral and sagebrush scrub, dry rocky slopes, flats

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
7' - 7631'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 35.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 2.65"

Coldest Month ?
36.0° F - 57.3° F

Hottest Month ?
60.9° F - 80.8° F

Humidity ?
1.37 vpd - 28.60 vpd

Soil Description
Dry, well draining soil.

Soil PH
6 - 8


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Companion Plants
Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds, pollinators

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Tolerates light pruning during it's deciduous season. Stick to twigs and shoots, but avoid cutting into woody tissue which will often kill this plant..

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

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Mimulus puniceus,Diplacus puniceus

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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