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Mimulus alsinoides – Chickweed Monkey-flower is a tiny plant with erect stem.




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Mimulus alsinoides which is also known as Chickweed Monkey-flower is a tiny plant with erect stem.

Overview

• Its leaf is oval to round.
• The flower is borne on a short stalk.
• The calyx is with 2 lower lobes widely rounded, 3 upper lobes smaller, with pointed tips.
• They are finely hairy.
• The flower is bright yellow with large red spot on center lower lobe.
• These plants grow in shady places in mosses and moist banks at low to mid elevations.
• Flowering Time is Late Spring.
• Life Cycle is Annual.
• They grow up to a height of about 6 inches.
• Habitat: Vernal Wet, Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest.
• These plants are found in Siskiyous, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, West Gorge, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP.

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus alsinoides – Chickweed Monkey-flower

• 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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