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Mimulus Breviflorus also known as Shortflower Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower.

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Mimulus Breviflorus also known as Shortflower Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower.
• Mimulus breviflorus is a native to western North America from British Columbia to Wyoming to the Modoc Plateau and northern Sierra Nevada in California.
• It grows in moist areas in several types of habitat.
• Mimulus breviflorus is a lightly hairy annual herb.
• It produces a thin, erect stem.
• The stem can grow up to 17 centimeters tall.
• The paired leaves have oval-shaped blades borne on petioles.
• Each has a total length less than 3 centimeters.
• The tiny tubular flower is yellow.
• It is a few millimeters long.
• Its corolla is divided into five lobes at the mouth.

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus breviflorus – Shortflower 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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