Diplacus puniceus Nutt.
Red bush monkeyflower, Mission diplacus
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Diplacus glutinosus var. puniceus, Mimulus glutinosus var. puniceus, Mimulus puniceus
USDA Symbol: DIPU4
A freely branched subshrub, 2-3 ft. tall and wide, with narrow, shiny, dark-green leaves that curl and become sticky on hot days. Small, tubular flowers are borne in profusion with the usual monkey face appearance. Flower color range is brick-red or crimson.
Near the coast, flowers will occur almost anytime, but peak flowering is the summer months. The blooms attract hummingbirds.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: Laguna Beach, Santa Ana Mts. & Santa Catalina Id.; adj. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & mesas below 2500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Near the coast, flowers will occur almost anytime, but peak flowering is the summer months. Plants will need reshaping as old growth becomes leggy and brittle.
PropagationDescription: Easily started by tip cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Diplacus puniceus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diplacus puniceus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diplacus puniceus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff