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Mimulus Repens also known as Creeping Monkey-flower is a species of monkey flower.




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Mimulus Repens which is also known as Creeping Monkey-flower, Native musk, Maori musk, Native monkey flower is a species of monkey flower.

Overview

• Distribution: North and South Islands. Also Australia
• Habitat:
– Strictly coastal
– Usually at the back of salt marshes and estuaries
– In permanently damp or soggy, saline mud or silt soils
– In locations that are periodically flooded during high, spring or King tides
– Sometimes in dune swales
– Intolerant of much competition from taller plants or faster growing mat-forming species
• Features:
– Mat-forming,
– Succulent
– Perennial herb
– All parts glabrous
– Stems dark green to red-green, prostrate
– Sometimes ascending at apices
– Rooting at nodes
• Leaves
– Sessile
– Amplexicaul, c. 2-8 x 1-6 mm
– Dark green, brown-green to reddish-green, broadly ovate-oblong
– Entire, punctuate
– Somewhat succulent
• Flowers
– On short, ascending branches
– Soliatry in leaf axils
– Pedicels 2-8 mm long
– Dark green to pinkish-green
– Calyx 2-7 mm long corolla tube
– Broadly funneliform
– Apex truncate
– Minutely toothed
– Corolla 10-15 mm long
– Distinctly 2-lipped
• Other facts
– Flowering: September – February
– Main Flower Colour: Violet / Purple
– Other Flower Colour: White
– Fruiting: November – May

Growing/Caring conditions for Mimulus repens – Creeping 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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