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Monkey Flower in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Mimulus

 

Monkey Flower

Most of the species are annuals, herbaceous perennials or small shrubs. Patterns on the flowers give them the appearance resembling the grinning face of a monkey. The mimulus will freely flower in the spring. Trailing varieties are available and if grown in a bed, it will produce a mound of flowers, usually around 80 to 90 cm high. Plant in a moist, humous rich soil.

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plant Features
  • Monkey Flower likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Monkey Flower likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Monkey Flower is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Monkey Flower likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
plant information

Common name

Monkey Flower

Latin name

Mimulus

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Phrymaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Monkey Flower likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Monkey Flower is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Monkey Flower likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Monkey Flower likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Monkey Flower is 0.45meters x 0.80meters 0.45 M 0.80 M

Mimulus

Most of the species are annuals, herbaceous perennials or small shrubs. Patterns on the flowers give them the appearance resembling the grinning face of a monkey. The mimulus will freely flower in the spring. Trailing varieties are available and if grown in a bed, it will produce a mound of flowers, usually around 80 to 90 cm high. Plant in a moist, humous rich soil.


Planting

From Late Spring TO Late Summer

Mimulus will grow best in full sun. The soil should be moist as the plants like to grow in wet ground. Avoid high temperatures and drying out in drought periods. Plant out any time after late spring; or plant out in late summer for over-wintering plants to flower early in the succeeding spring. Grow on plants under cover until they reach 8 to 10 cm in height at which point they’re ready to plant out. Growing monkey flower in hot climates is a challenge. If you want to give it a try, plant it in a location that is shaded most of the afternoon. Mimulus are ideal for planting in containers and in fact they thrive in a pot. Fill the container up to three quarters full with multipurpose compost. Carefully remove the plant from its tray or pot and place in position. Fill container back in with soil and gently firm down. Water in generously.

 

Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

If you want to start your seeds indoors, plant them about 10 weeks before the last spring frost and place them in clear plastic bags in the refrigerator to chill. Outdoors, plant them in late winter and let cold winter temperatures chill the seeds for you. The seeds need light to germinate, so don’t cover them with soil. When you bring the seed trays out of the refrigerator, place them in a location with temperatures between 70 and 75 F. (21-24 C.) and provide plenty of bright light. Remove the seed trays from the bag as soon as the seeds germinate.

 
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