Mimulus aurantiacus

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Mimulus aurantiacus
Mimulus aurantiacus

Species Name: Mimulus aurantiacus
Common Name: Bush Monkeyflower, Sticky Monkeyflower

Native to Santa Monica Mountains. Often seen draping the hills in orange. Hummingbird favorite. Forage source for the Common Checkerspot and Buckeye butterflies.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Orange
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Rocky cliffs, hillsides, canyon slopes, disturbed areas, borders of chaparral, open forest below 5,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Small shrub 2 to 4 feet high, found growing on many hillsides and flowering profusely in late spring and early summer, when the plants are covered with masses of large buff or salmon-colored blossoms which resemble an azalea in shape. If watered the plants have a long season of bloom. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Many formerly identified species and subspecies of Mimulus were combined into Mimulus aurantiacus, including M. longiflorus, M. longiflorus rutilus, and M. puniceus. The current Jepson (1993) only recognizes Mimulus aurantiacus. Published research has since reinstated several of these other species and subspecies as varieties of Mimulus aurantiacus. When Jepson is revised, this Wiki will reflect those revised botanical names.
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.