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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 Monkey Flower) is a 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 florwering 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.

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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 Perennials
Plant Family Mimulus - Monkey Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1" – 2" (2cm – 5cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts 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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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Perennials
Plant Family Mimulus - Monkey Flowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1" – 2" (2cm – 5cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts 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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