Sticky Monkey Flower

Mimulus aurantiacus by Ron KindigMimulus aurantiacus by Ron KindigMimulus aurantiacus: Commonly known as the sticky monkey flower, this is a member of the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). A native of California, this perennial shrub has buff orange 2 inch flowers with funnel shape and lips that resemble a monkey face from late spring through the summer. It is used for accents, showy color, to attract hummingbirds and under oak trees. It produces nectar for hummingbirds, attracts butterfly larvae and is deer resistant. It prefers well drained soil and with more water, it will bloom most of the year. It should be planted in full sun or light shade. It should be pruned in the spring before its growth starts and after the first flowering to promote repeated blooms into the fall. This plant is not long lived. Take cuttings and start in moist sand.

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