Mimulus luteus

Yellow monkey flower

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Hardy perennial

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There are several hardy monkey flowers, mainly American species and typically found in moist or wet, even boggy ground. This Chilean species, sometimes known as monkey musk or yellow monkey flower, is a fully hardy, vigorous and spreading plant that often seeds itself freely when happy. It thrives best in wet soil, especially the consistently moist and humus-rich soil of a bog garden. Plants can even be grown as marginals, with their toes in the water's edge. The 5cm (2in) flowers grow in pairs, and are shaped like narrow antirrhinums, in bright yellow with red or purple spots.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Mimulus

Species: luteus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist, Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to August

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