Diplacus aurantiacus, Sticky Monkey flower is the coastal form of Mimulus aurantiacus, a perennial with 1" orange flowers that likes partial shade if planted in the interior sun if it is along the coast. Sticky Monkey flower is normally 3-4 feet tall and cold tolerant to about 12-15 degrees F in the ground with no damage. They froze to the ground at 0-5 degrees F., but came right back. Monkeyflower is a HUMMINGBIRD PLANT and has been deer proof in all areas to date. Monkeyflower goes dormant in summer if you have a hot dry climate. It will grow in any soil including serpentine
as long as it has drainage and is not overwatered. The new Jepson Manual combines many monkeyflowers under the moniker Mimulus aurantiacus. They are not even remotely the same in horticulture. Most if not all Mimulus spp. need water,(R type); most Diplacus species are drought tolerant (C type). Some tolerate full sun, and some full shade.
(Mimulus aurantiacus, Diplacus latifolius ) Click here for more about Monkeys in California
Syn: Mimulus aurantiacus
For hot interior climates do Diplacus longiflorus or D. calycinus. For coastal southern California do Diplacus puniceus.
Diplacus aurantiacus tolerates clay and serpentine.
Diplacus aurantiacus is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Diplacus aurantiacus has color green and is stressdeciduous.
Flower of Diplacus aurantiacus has color orange.
Communities for Diplacus aurantiacus:Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Coastal Sage Scrub, Mixed-evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Redwood Forest and Central Oak Woodland.