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Diplacus puniceus Nutt.
Red bush monkeyflower, Mission diplacus
Synonyms: Mimulus puniceus
USDA Symbol: DIPU4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA Native Distribution:
Laguna Beach, Santa Ana Mts. & Santa Catalina Id.; adj. Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry slopes & mesas below 2500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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