Mimulus aurantiacus

I’m at a conference this week, so I’m only posting abbreviated entries when I have the time!

Mimulus aurantiacus, or bush monkeyflower, is a native to the southwestern US. In yesterday’s field trip to the San Gabriel mountains, we noted that this species defied its harsh conditions (growing on rock walls) with prolific masses of blooms.

Mimulus aurantiacus

11 responses to “Mimulus aurantiacus”

  1. David Sutton

    Time for those of us that have been sitting here soaking up all of your wounderful details on previous posts to fill in Daniel! This article gives some nice detail about the plants attributes… http://www.nccpgsuffolk.org/TheBushMonkeyPlant.html

  2. Adam Fikso

    I’m pleased that you posted this today. I’ve just started growing 3 of this species here in the Chicago area (not recommended) and hope to winter them over in protected places for hybridizing later. The one you posted is a paler yellow than I’ve seen before. The usual form that I grew up in the San Francico Bay area is more orange and a more saturated color. The two cultivars I now have are cream with orange stripes on the lip and a vermillion aurantiacus var. puniceus. I’d be interested to know if anybody else is trying to develop a cold hardier form.

  3. Melissa

    Is Phrymaceae a new family?

  4. Morris Brinkman

    Not everyone in horticulture is aware of a very unique characteristic of the genus Mimulus. On both the perennial and annual species, the female part of the flower, the stigma, is bi-labiate and possesses the ability of “movement”. As soon as it is touched, by a pollinator or by your ball-point pen, the two lips close down, almost as if it is grasping any pollen that may have fallen there. And it will do this just as quick as if it were a Venus Fly-trap.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    calflora and usda have information and pictures

  6. Cliff

    It appears from the conference schedule that you will be at my beloved RSABG June 25. Please let me extend my personal welcome, such as it is. Enjoy your visit, I am so glad the the weather has improved some what from the beginning of the week for your stop over.
    It has been a good year fot the Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) so check them out if you have time.

  7. Margaret-Rae Davis

    The Photograph is very nice and I do appreicate all the information.
    Thank you,
    Margaret-Rae

  8. Harold benson

    nice pictures and thanks for the infor

  9. Alexander Jablanczy

    While the website is quiescent I have a challenge to all. As readable on GlobeandMail website concerning dementia one of the main clinical tools is simply asking the patient how many flowers can you name. Obviously I expect the owner of this website to name a thousand and frequent users a hundred and as I opined
    I got only to thirty or so but all my patients only to three or four. I was only testing of course only those who were complaining of forgetfullness and were afraid of getting Old Timers disease as one called it delightfully.
    So come on how many flowers can you name right now as you read this?

  10. Barry

    I have a few of these in my garden. They grow wild outside of town and provide a beautiful shot of apricot (ours are typically a solid apricot color, rather than yellow) among the drying chaparral. They are probably the showest shrubs that grow in the chaparral here.
    Las Pilitas nursery says that these were recently moved over to Diplaucus. My favorite is Diplaucus (Mimulus) puniceus, the Otay Monkey Flower, which has a deep red flower that stands out.

  11. Ron B

    Diplacus aurantiacus is listed as a synonym at the Wikipedia page that opens when you click on Mimulus a. (above).

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