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Mimulus aurantiacus (Bush Monkey Flower)

Bush Monkey Flower, Sticky Monkey Flower, Orange Bush Monkey Flower, Diplacus aurantiacus


A colorful southern Oregon, California and Baja California native, award-winning Mimulus aurantiacus (Bush Monkey Flower) is a bushy evergreen shrub with narrow, lanceolate, dark-green leaves typically 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm) on very sticky stems, and flowering stems that grow vertically. Trumpet-shaped, the exuberant flowers, 1.2 in long (3 cm), are tubular at the base with five broad lobes. They bloom profusely over a long season extending from spring through summer. They occur in a variety of shades including salmon-orange, yellow or orange-red. They are pollinated by bees and hummingbirds. Bush Monkey Flower is an ideal garden companion adding a touch of exoticism and a Mediterranean feel.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities.
  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 3 ft. wide (90 cm).
  • Best in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. Tolerant of difficult soils if adequate drainage is provided. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great choice for beds and borders, rock gardens. Lovely on a stone wall for a cascading effect.
  • Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead to increase flower production. Pinch back new growth in spring to maintain more compact form.
  • Propagate from seed or cuttings
  • Native to southern Oregon, California and Baja California.
  • Mimulus owe their common name to the shape and colors of their flowers that suggest or "mime" (Latin "mimus") a monkey's face.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' (90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' (90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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