The Monkeyflower gets its nickname because its gloxinia or snapdragon-like flowers look like the face of a smiling monkey. Bumble bees delight in rolling around inside these flowers. The red blossoms are very showy and exotic looking.
Monkey Flowers can easily be grown in containers, but prefer moist soil to dry soil. I love growing Monkey Flowers. Because they are annuals, they bloom all summer long, but they reseed themselves and come back every year on their own, so you get the best of both worlds!
Red Mimulus flower plants are very easy to grow and very rewarding. The Red Mimulus flower plant is great for the front of the border, containers, or baskets in hotter climates, red Mimulus will prefer afternoon shade.
Grow Mimulus seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the end of the frost season. Press the flower seeds into the soil but do not cover them.
Transplant Mimulus seedlings outdoors after the danger of frost has passed 6 - 8 inches apart. From Mimulus flower seed to blooming plant in 8 - 10 weeks.
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 6 - 8 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Red
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Moist, pH 5.6 - 7.5
Temperature: 68 - 72F
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press it into the soil