Sticky Monkey Flower, Orange Bush Monkeyflower

Mimulus aurantiacus

Family: Phrymaceae
Genus: Mimulus (MIM-yoo-luss) (Info)
Species: aurantiacus (aw-ran-ti-AYE-kus) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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

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

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)



Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Berkeley, California

Brentwood, California

Castro Valley, California

Chico, California

Glendale, California

Granite Bay, California

Knights Landing, California

Long Beach, California

Malibu, California

Ramona, California

Sacramento, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Saratoga, California

Ventura, California (2 reports)

Windsor, California

Bellevue, Washington

Federal Way, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2010, skoorb from Federal Way, WA wrote:

We planted the orange yellow variety last year and it returned to our surprise this year and seems to be doing well. Our location is a bit more moderate than Bellevue ,WA and possibly wetter.


On Jul 2, 2008, thane from Bellevue, WA wrote:

I love this plant! I bought it at a native plant sale, not really knowing what it was. I forgot all about it, and I was amazed the next year when it started blooming all of a sudden. It has been maintenance-free, and it continues to bloom heavily this year. One of my favorite perennials!


On Jan 22, 2007, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mimulus aurantiacus, the Bush Monkey Flower or Sticky Monkey Flower, is a flowering plant that grows in a subshrub form, native to southwestern North America from southwestern Oregon south through most of California. It is treated by some botanists in a separate genus from other Mimulus as Diplacus aurantiacus (Curtis) Jeps.

It grows to between 0.5-1.2 m tall, and has deep green sticky leaves 3-7 cm long and 5-10 mm broad, and flowering stems that grow vertically. The flowers are tube-like at the base, 20-25 mm long, with five broad lobes; they occur in a variety of shades from white to red, the most common color being a light orange. They are pollinated by bees and hummingbirds.

It grows in many climates and will thrive in many types of soil, wet, dry, sandy,... read more


On Feb 19, 2004, CApoppy from Santa Cruz Mountains, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is native to the mountains I live in. It is a wonderful unassuming addition to the dry rocky slopes. It is a little rangy, making it very suitable to natural-looking landscapes. In the early spring I cut it back to a more compact 18 inches or so and then just let it go with little water. (It actually needs none, but looks better with a little.) It grows to about 2 feet high and sprawls out a bit. It is the perfect companion for a beautiful maroon and apricot-colored Pacific Coast hybrid iris. I will post a picture sometime soon. I have rooted cuttings easily in the early fall for planting in the spring.

There is another big bonus--it is deer-proof in my area.


On Aug 4, 2002, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Profuse bloomer over summer months. Vigourous growth. Few pest or mildew problems. Requires good drainage. Should withhold water towards the end of summer to encourage it to go dormant.

One disadvantage for the formal garden is that in my experience the flowers do not drop off after bloom. Unless you pick them off (and they are sticky) they tend to turn brown and dry where they are.