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Monkey Flower Savory
Clinopodium mimuloides
  
About Monkey Flower Savory (Clinopodium mimuloides) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Monkey Flower Savory is a rare native perennial herb in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family that grows in the Coast Ranges from Monterey southward to the Transverse Range. The majority of its population lies within the Los Padres National Forest. It is uncommon throughout its range and for this reason it is included on CNPS list 4.2. It tends to grow in moist places, at elevations from 400 to over 5,000 feet. Like others in this genus, it is low-growing and delicate in appearance, but older specimens in the wild can attain nearly 2 meters. It is herbaceous with slender stems but occasionally woody at the base. The flowers are small, hairy, with a rounded-toothed margin. The tubular flowers are red-orange and grow to 1-2 inches. Hummingbirds love them! Overall, it resembles an Epilobium but requires more moisture. It spreads by rhizomes wherever there is adequate moisture.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1 - 6 ft tall
1 - 6 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High,

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants

Maintenance
Maintenance
Can be cut back in fall when it starts to go dormant

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places in hilly or mountainous terrain, along streambanks or in canyons as part of chaparral or woodland

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.1" - 49.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.00", Coldest Month: 40.8" - 51.6", Hottest Month: 59.8" - 78.5", Humidity: 0.89" - 25.98", Elevation: 178" - 6541"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Satureja mimuloides
Common Names: Monkey-flower Savory, Monkeyflower Savory


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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