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Musk Flower
Mimulus moschatus
About Musk Flower (Mimulus moschatus) Nurseries Show All Photos Mimulus moschatus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name muskflower. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in moist, partially shaded habitat in mountains, woodlands, and other areas. It also occurs in eastern North America where it may be native or introduced. It is known from Chile and parts of Europe, including England and Finland, where it grows wild after having escaped This is a rhizomatous perennial herb which is hairless to hairy, sometimes slimy in texture, and generally musky in scent. It is variable in appearance. The prostrate or upright stem grows up to 30 centimeters long. The oppositely arranged leaves are mostly oval in shape and may reach 6 centimeters long. The tubular flower is yellow in color, its tube just a few millimeters wide and widening at the lobed mouth. It may be up to 2.6 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1 ft (0.05 - 0.3 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Seeps, streambanks

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
10' - 10505'

Annual Precip. ?
4.4" - 158.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 5.80"

Coldest Month ?
23.0° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
44.2° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 36.65 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1*, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

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

Other Names
Botanical Names
Mimulus moschatus var. moschatus

Common Names
Musk Monkeyflower, Muskflower

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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