Diplacus longiflorus Nutt.
Southern bush monkeyflower
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Diplacus arachnoideus, Mimulus glutinosus var. brachypus, Mimulus longiflorus
USDA Symbol: dilo6
A much-branched, woody sub-shrub, 1-3 ft. tall and wide. The light-green lance-shaped leaves curl and become sticky on hot days. Tubular flowers are borne in profusion with the usual monkey face appearance. Flower color ranges from apricot to buff to almost white.
Varieties of this species are available with red, yellow, and other flower colors. The typical species is more cold-, drought-, and heat-tolerant than garden varieties.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA
Native Habitat: Dry, coast and intermountain slopes to 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Plants will need reshaping as old growth becomes leggy and brittle. Var. rutilus, with deep, velvety red flowers, and ssp. calycinus, with lemon-yellow flowers, are other commercially available California native. The typical species is more cold-, drought-, and heat tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Easily started by tip cuttings or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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 longiflorus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diplacus longiflorus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diplacus longiflorus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff