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Mimulus Midnight - Hybrid Monkey Flower

Giving Mimulus midnight a bit of summer drought is important to avoiding rot. Taking the measures of planting on a slope and giving a drying out period between waterings will help extend the time this will last in the garden setting. The great dark red flower color is worth the effort. The blooming period is during the spring and summer. It will take full sun near the coast and requires increasing amounts of shade as the distance from the coast increases. I grow these plants with the same conditions that I give Mimulus aurantiacus, the Sticky Monkey Flower. Mimulus is a larval host for the Checkerspot and Common Buckeye butterflies.

Mimulus Midnight