Mimulus BURGUNDY MONKEY FACE FLOWER
Beautiful dark burgundy flowers over green foliage. Not frost-tolerant, but prefers cool weather. Mimulus BURGUNDY MONKEY FACE FLOWER will thrive in moist soil, even in boggy conditions with occasional flooding. It will also bloom beautifully in dappled shade. Plant out after all danger of frost has passed. Also, Deadheading spent flowers occasionally will improve their appearance.
Its common name comes from the idea that the Mimulus flower bud resembles the face of a monkey but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.
An interesting and rare beauty
The genus Mimulus is a part of the small family Phrymaceae, this whole family originally all were placed in the family Scrophulariaceae. The genus Mimulus today only has seven species, two native to eastern North America and the other five native to Asia, Australia, Africa, or Madagascar.
The woody species of Mimulus are the parents of most of the hybrids have been separated into the genus Diplacus in the past but more current taxonomical studies have now placed them all back into the genus Mimulus. It’s fair to say there is a bit of confusion on this genus and naming of its hybrids.
The generic name is from the Latin word ‘mimus’ meaning “mimic actor” that is derived from the Greek word ‘mimos’ that means means “imitator” and references the flowers that look like painted faces.
– Height with flowers: 30cm – 45cm approx.
– Width: 20cm – 35cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun or Partial Shade.
– Soil: Prefers rich, consistently moist yet well drained soil but will tolerate a range of soil conditions. Can even grow in quite wet soils where other plants will not.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Can be tender in below zero degree conditions, so it may require some protection.
– Growth: Technically it is a herbaceous perennial but can be treated as an annual.
– Attracts: Bees, birds and all types of beneficial pollinators to the area it is blooming in.
– Care: Dead-head to promote further flowering. Leave a few to self seed for years of enjoyment in the area.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not favoured by these nibbling pests.
– Origin: See above for a bit of history on this genus.