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Mimulus guttatus (Yellow Monkey Flower)

Yellow Monkeyflower, Golden Monkeyflower, Seep Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus langsdorffii, Mimulus luteus, Erythranthe guttata

Mimulus guttatus, Yellow Monkeyflower, Golden Monkeyflower, Seep Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus langsdorffii, Mimulus luteus, Erythranthe guttata
Mimulus guttatus, Yellow Monkeyflower, Golden Monkeyflower, Seep Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Mimulus langsdorffii, Mimulus luteus, Erythranthe guttata

Mimulus guttatus (Yellow Monkey Flower) is an annual or short-lived, spreading, mat-forming perennial boasting bright yellow, snapdragon-shaped flowers spotted with red on the lower lobes. Borne in succession from early spring to late summer, the showy blossoms are borne on leafy stalks in the upper leaf axils. They are pollinated by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They contrast nicely against the foliage of soft, light-green, broadly rounded, and toothed leaves. Yellow Monkey Flower is a perennial in warm zones and a half-hardy annual in colder places. Yellow Monkey Flower spreads vigorously by seed and rhizomes. Putting on a show in wet, sunny places in the wild garden, this water-loving perennial is perfect as a ground cover for small, moist situations and is an excellent pond plant.

  • Grows up to 24 in. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • Best in full sun or light shade in fertile, humus-rich, moisture-retentive soils. Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate drainage is provided.
  • Great candidate for beds and borders, cottage gardens, bog gardens, rain gardensalong ponds and streams. Good ground cover for small, moist areas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails or powdery mildews. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead for a clean appearance, to promote flowering, or to prevent undesired self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed or by division. Divide dormant rootstocks in fall or winter or when growth begins in spring. Can also be increased by cuttings.
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Phrymaceae
Genus Mimulus
Common names Monkey Flower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1" - 2"
(3cm - 5cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Midwest, Northeast, California, North Dakota, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Mimulus lewisii (Purple Monkey Flower)
Mimulus ringens (Allegheny Monkey Flower)
Mimulus primuloides (Primrose Monkey Flower)
Mimulus cardinalis (Scarlet Monkey Flower)
Mimulus aurantiacus (Bush Monkey Flower)

Recommended Companion Plants

Mimulus cardinalis (Scarlet Monkey Flower)
Geranium pratense (Meadow Cranesbill)
Primula beesiana (Candelabra Primrose)
Primula florindae (Giant Cowslip)

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Phrymaceae
Genus Mimulus
Common names Monkey Flower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1" - 2"
(3cm - 5cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Midwest, Northeast, California, North Dakota, Michigan, Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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