How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Monkey flower—Diplacus, Mimulus spp.
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Plant Identification

Monkey flowers are woody perennial plants.  Some species are short-lived and may be grown as annuals.  Monkey flower gets its name from the funnel-shaped, two-lipped flowers.  Flowers form in spring and summer and are orange, peach, red, white, cream, yellow, rose, maroon, or brown.  Leaves are sometimes sticky.

Optimum conditions for growth

Monkey flower has a wide range of needs that varies by species.  They may do well in areas with full sun, partial shade, or full shade.  Some species need little water; others need moderate to regular amounts of water.  Provide good drainage.  Prune off old blossoms. 

Orange flowers of sticky monkey flower
Orange flowers of sticky monkey flower

Pests and disorders of Diplacus, Mimulus spp.

Invertebrates

Diseases

 

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates

Pink flowers of Trish bush monkey flower
Pink flowers of Trish bush monkey flower

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