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Mimulus longiflorus, Diplacus longiflorus - Southern Bush Monkeyflower

Southern Bush Monkeyflower can be found in full sun near the coast from near Point Concepcion south. Mimulus longiflorus is no longer the accepted scientific name, Diplacus longiflorus is correct. But the nursery trade uses Mimulus more in my experience. Diplacus longiflorus will perform better with east and north exposures further inland. Mimulus longiflorus blooms from mid Winter into the Summer, it stops blooming during the hottest part of Summer and resumes lightly in the Fall. From a landscape standpoint The Southern Monkey Flower is a somewhat difficult plant to use in an irrigated landscale because it will not accept much summer water. In a wild garden setting Diplacus longiflorus is tops once established. It is best to plant Diplacus longiflorus in the Fall and water it no more than necissary to keep it going until the rains come. By the end of the rainy period in Spring your Southern Bush Monkey Flower should be reasonably established and need minimal supplimental water. I have seen Southern Bush Monkey Flowers growing in extremely well drained situations as well as in heavy soils. Mimulus/Diplacus is a larval food for the Checkerspot and Common Buckeye Butterflies.

Diplacus longiflorus, Mimulus longiflorus, Southern Bush Monkeyflower

A flower of Mimulus longiflorus, Diplacus longiflorus - Southern Bush Monkeyflower. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Diplacus longiflorus, Mimulus longiflorus, Southern Bush Monkeyflower

A flower of Mimulus longiflorus, Diplacus longiflorus - Southern Bush Monkeyflower. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

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Mimulus flemingii
Mimulus Georgie Red
Mimulus Jack
Mimulus Jelly Bean Dark Pink
Mimulus Midnight
Mimulus puniceus
Mimulus Ruby Silver