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.
High resolution photos of Mimulus aurantiacus are part of our garden image collection.