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Mimulus puniceus ~ Red Bush Monkeyflower (syn. Diplacus puniceus)

Red Bush Monkey Flower can be found from San Diego through Ventura Counties.  Plants do well in full sun near the coast  but will perform better with east and north exposures further inland.  Mimulus puniceus blooms from mid winter into the Summer. 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 striking.  .  It is best to plant Mimulus puniceus 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 puniceus a number of times in irrigated landscapes and at best the Red Bush Monkey Flower will be relatively short lived.  I have seen Sticky Monkey Flowers growing in extremely well drained situations as well as in heavy soils.  Hummingbirds like these long slender throated flowers.  Mimulus is a larval host for the Checkerspot and Common Buckeye Butterflies

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Mimulus puniceus, Red Bush Monkeyflower 

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