Mimulus aurantiacus - Sticky Monkey Flower
Sticky Monkey Flower can be found in full sun near the coast. Plants will perform better with east and north exposures further inland. Mimulus aurantiacus 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 it is a somewhat difficult plant because it will not accept much summer water. In an irrigated landscape tending to the individual needs of plants is sometimes difficult. In a wild garden setting this plant is tops. It is best to plant Mimulus aurantiacus in the Fall and water it a few times to keep it going until the rains come. By the end of the rainy period in Spring your Sticky Monkey Flower should be established. I have lost Mimulus aurantiacus a number of times in irrigated landscapes. I have seen Sticky Monkey Flowers growing in extremely well drained situations as well as in heavy soils. Mimulus is a larval food for the Checkerspot and Common Buckeye Butterflies.
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