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Mimulus cardinalis

Scarlet Monkey Flower

Perennials, Flowers

MIMULUS

This is a wide-ranging group of plants with different needs. All have funnel-shaped, two-lipped flowers said to resemble a grinning monkey face—hence the common name.

Mimulus cardinalis

Native to dampor wet locales throughout much of the West. Grows to 2 1/2 ft. high and wide, with upright or sprawling stems and bright green, sticky leaves. Tubular, scarlet, 1 1/2–2-in.-long flowers bloom throughout summer. Give full shade in Zones 12 and 13, sun or shade elsewhere. Ample water.

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