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Diplacus puniceus (Red bush monkeyflower)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Diplacus puniceus

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

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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 Conditions

Light 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.


Description: Easily started by tip cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

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

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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


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

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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