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False Monkeyflower
Mimulus pilosus
About False Monkeyflower (Mimulus pilosus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mimulus pilosus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common names false monkeyflower and downy mimetanthe. It is native to the western United States and Baja California, where it grows in moist and disturbed habitat types. This plant is different enough from other monkeyflowers that it is often treated in its own monotypic genus, Mimetanthe; however, genetic analysis of the monkeyflowers suggests that this species be retained in Mimulus. This is an annual herb growing to a maximum height of about 35 centimeters. It is coated densely in long hairs. The oppositely arranged, narrow or wide lance-shaped leaves 1 to 3 centimeters long. The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a calyx of sepals. The yellow flower corolla is under a centimeter long, divided into five rounded lobes at the mouth, and often dotted with red in the throat.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.07 - 1.2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.4" - 73.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 3.07", Coldest Month: 24.2" - 55.4", Hottest Month: 47.3" - 84.1", Humidity: 0.31" - 34.98", Elevation: 2" - 9723"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Downy Mimetanthe, False Monkey-flower

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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