Santa Susana Monkey Flower, Diplacus
is a perennial with large 2 inch velvet red
flowers that grows in rock outcroppings near seasonal springs in
decomposed granite along the north side of Los Angeles. This
beauty hates heavy soils or a heavy dosing, drowns easily.
Watering and drainage seem to be the key for Santa Susana Monkey
Flower. A knock your socks off flower. A hummingbird plant
that has been deer proof in all locations. NOT very cold tolerant. Gets
beat up in any frost, dies at about 25 deg. F.. This grows in the
chaparral with Adenostoma, Heteromeles, Ceanothus species and
Trichostema. Customers from the Sierras tell us it has done fine at the
mouth of Yosemite Park. When this monkey flower works, it is
stunning. No the plant doesn't look like a monkey, someone looked into
the throat of the flower and thought she could see the outline of a
monkey Click here
for more about Monkeys in California
(Syn. Diplacus longiflorus var. rutilus, or Mimulus longiflorus var.
Communities for Diplacus rutilus:Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.