Mimulus cardinalis

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Mimulus cardinalis
Mimulus cardinalis

Species Name: Mimulus cardinalis
Common Name: Scarlet Monkey Flower

Easy to grow. Recommended near ponds, fountains, or streams. Does well in containers. Give regular water. Hummingbirds love it. Re-seeds easily.

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Generally throughout the California Floristic Province
Natural Habitat: Moist to wet places along streams, seepage areas below 8000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An attractive plant found along streams or in wet places. Grows 1 to 3 feet high with pale green foliage and large orange scarlet flowers. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.