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Diplacus aurantiacus (Orange bush monkeyflower)
Reveal, James L.

Diplacus aurantiacus

Diplacus aurantiacus (W. Curtis) Jeps.

Orange Bush Monkeyflower, Bush Monkeyflower

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A plant with woody, branched stems, covered with a sticky, varnish-like secretion and pale to deep orange bilaterally symmetrical flowers.
Flowers: 1 1/4-2" (3.1-5 cm) long; upper lip of corolla has 2 lobes bent upward, lower lip has 3 lobes bent downw

Its long blooming season makes Bush Monkeyflower a reliable source of nectar for hummingbirds. At the end of the style, two flaps (the stigmas) will slowly but visibly move and close together when touched by a blade of grass, a pollen-laden insect, or a


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Southwestern Oregon to southern California; inland to the base of the Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: Slopes and banks in chaparral and open woods.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Diplacus aurantiacus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diplacus aurantiacus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diplacus aurantiacus


Record Modified: 2023-05-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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