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Mimulus Gemmiparus, also known as Rocky Mountain Monkey-flower belongs to the family Phrymaceae.




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Mimulus gemmiparus which is also known as Rocky Mountain Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower which belongs to the family Phrymaceae.

Overview

• Mimulus gemmiparus is a rare species of flowering plant.
• It is endemic to Colorado in the United States.
• It occurs in about eight types.
• This is an annual herb.
• This herb grows about 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) tall.
• Some of the leaves have propagules on their petioles called gemmae.
• The flowers are rarely produced and are sterile.
• The gemmae are probably dispersed on water.
• The plants occur in colonies of mother and daughter plants.
• The flowers are yellow with variable patterns of red spots.
• They measure about half a centimeter long.

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus gemmiparus – Rocky Mountain 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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