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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Diplacus longiflorus Nutt.
Southern bush monkeyflower
Synonyms: Mimulus longiflorus
USDA Symbol: DILO6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA Native Distribution:
C. & s. CA Native Habitat:
Dry, coast and intermountain slopes to 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff