Monkey Flower
Mimulus guttatus

Family: Phrymaceae
Genus: Mimulus (MIM-yoo-luss) (Info)
Species: guttatus (goo-TAH-tus) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

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

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Seward, Alaska

Cave Creek, Arizona

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Malibu, California

Oak Park, California

Sacramento, California

San Leandro, California

Boise, Idaho

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Dallas, Oregon

Salem, Oregon (3 reports)

Sweet Home, Oregon

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
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Positive

On Feb 10, 2015, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is cute, but can be a monster in perpetually moist spots. It will spread eagerly after first flowering, as far as it can find water. It will also readily seed out and germinate to quickly take over other wet spots with grass-green to dark green leaves and bright yellow flowers.

However, the whole plant is edible and the attractive yellow flowers bring in mason and carpenter bees. Don't be afraid to rip it out of where you don't want it.

Positive

On Oct 6, 2011, tlhowes from Sweet Home, OR wrote:

This is a common wildflower of roadside ditches and moist areas in my area (Linn County, OR), and I have successrully transplanted it from the wild to my raised flower bed where it bloomed continuously throught June and July. It's common name is Seep-spring Monkeyflower

Positive

On Jun 29, 2003, Magazinewriter from Bloomfield Hills, MI wrote:

In Michigan, it's sold as an annual. However, some of mine reseeded from last year.
It formed a bright carpet when planted after the daffodils finished blooming.

Neutral

On Jul 24, 2002, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Like the large snap-dragon-style flowers of this west coast native a lot; however, the bloom time is not long and it's a little weedy. After blooming it sends out runner-like shoots and also self seeds. Probably could be invasive, if conditions permitted (like in a bog garden). Good in a native plant garden. Probably not appropriate for anything more formal.