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Mimulus alatus which is also known as Winged Monkey flower is a native perennial plant.

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Mimulus alatus which is also known as Winged Monkey flower is a native perennial plant which can grow up to a height of ½–3′ tall and branch occasionally.


• The stems of this perennial are glabrous.
• They are 4-angled, and more or less winged.
• The opposite leaves are about 5″ long and 2″ across.
• They are ovate, lanceolate-ovate, or lanceolate.
• The leaves are narrow where the flowers occur.
• The leaves are glabrous and dentate along the margins.
• There are narrowly winged petioles which are about ½” long.
• The flowers occur individually above the axils of the upper leaves.
• Each flower is about 1″ long.
• The flowers are generally snapdragon-like, with a tubular back to the flower.
• The blooming period occurs from mid-summer to early fall.
• It lasts about 1-2 months.
• There is no floral scent.
• Winged Monkey flower is a very attractive plant.
• It can withstand occasional flooding.
• Winged Monkey flower flowers are often pink.
• The mimulus will freely flower in the spring.

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus Alatus

• Mimulus will grow best in full sun.
• The soil should be moist
• These plants like to grow in wet ground.
• High temperatures and drying out in drought periods should be completely avoided.
• Plant out any time after May
• Plant in late September for over-wintering plants
• This will enable to flower early in the succeeding spring.
• Grow on plants under cover
• When they reach a height of 8 to 10 cm, they can be transplanted outside.
• Mimulus are ideal for planting in containers
• They thrive well in a pot.
• Fill the container up to three quarters full and add multipurpose compost.
• Carefully remove the plant from its tray
• Fill container back in with soil and gently firm it down
• Water generously
• Let other plants not over-shade the mimulus as plenty of sun is required by these plants.
• Wash off any aphids that appear on these plants
• Do it with a carefully aimed jet of water.
• If an infestation of aphids occurs, use an insecticidal soap to treat the problem.
• Cut back the plants once they are grown scraggly
• Cut them at the end of the flowering period.
• Plant 6 to 12 inches apart
• Fertilize once or twice during the growing season if desired.
• Pull up and discard plants in autumn after felled by frost.
• Plant the monkey flower seedling in full sun or partial shade.
• Plant them in well-drained soil.
• Cut off old leaves and stems using bypass pruners in early spring.
• Leave 4 to 6 inches of stems.
• Shear off old flowers with scissors.
• This will encourage more blooms.
• Mulch the soil around, but not on top.

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