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Mimulus primuloides

primrose monkey flower

M. primuloides is a rhizomatous, mat-forming perennial, to 10cm high, with hairy, pale to mid-green leaves. The trumpet-shaped flowers, borne in summer, are yellow with red-spotted throats

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Phrymaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Mimulus can be annuals, perennials or evergreen shrubs, with paired leaves and 2-lipped tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers in terminal racemes or in the leaf axils

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers moisture retentive soils in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews

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