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Tiger Monkey Flower
Mimulus tigrinus

Family: Phrymaceae
Genus: Mimulus (MIM-yoo-luss) (Info)
Species: tigrinus (tig-REE-nus) (Info)




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Denville, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Warwick, Rhode Island

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 7, 2014, ladybirdsong from Klamath Falls, OR wrote:

I purchased this plant in a mixed 'color bowl' in late March of this year 2014. I was certain they had been forced into blooming early but took a chance & brought it back to Klamath Falls, OR with me. Its having to spend its days outside/nights indoors until after our last frost date which is June 15th; despite this moving back and forth this lovely is doing very well and continues to bloom profusely. It definitely is a thirsty plant but well worth every drop it consumes. I live in a very cool zone 6 (most of us here disagree with USDA and feel we are more like a zone 5). Even so the tiger monkey flower is thriving.


On Aug 16, 2010, klaasje from Auckland
New Zealand wrote:

Lovely flower, here in Auckland New Zealand the red one is a perennial, so Florida etc should also be able to grow this on from year to year.