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Mimulus Pictus which is also known as Calico Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower.




Image of Mimulus Pictus at Google

Mimulus Pictus which is also known as Calico Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower.

Overview

• Mimulus pictus is endemic to central California.
• Here it is known only from the southernmost Sierra Nevada and adjacent Tehachapi Mountains in Tulare and Kern Counties.
• It grows in forest and woodland habitat, in open, bare, rocky, and disturbed areas.
• This is an annual herb.
• This herb grows in a small patch at ground level.
• It is erect to a maximum height of about 38 centimeters.
• The stem of this herb is hairy and rectangular in cross-section.
• The leaves are oppositely arranged.
• The leaves are somewhat oval in shape.
• The leaves grow up to 4.5 centimeters long.
• The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a dark reddish calyx of sepals.
• They have uneven lobes.
• The five-lobed flower has a maroon throat.
• The flower has a circular face is white with stark maroon veining.

This herb is scientifically classified as:
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Lamiales
• Family : Phrymaceae
• Genus : Mimulus
• Species : M. pictus

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus pictus – Calico 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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