A perennial to 3'. It likes sun to full shade and regular water. It has 2" red tubular flowers most of the year. An aggressive seeder that should be used in revegetation or large gardens, (or for those people that kill every thing else). It's serpentine tolerant and an important Hummingbird flower. The flowers are very showy and liked by most. I've seen it in the bottom of creeks with water flowing around it and it has survived in regular gardens well with 1/week water. It is native in the mountains surrounding the deserts. The British cultivate it and say it needs a sheltered location! It loves the nursery! (It's like a relative with too big of a family.) Click here for more about Monkeys in California
Mimulus cardinalis tolerates sand, clay, serpentine, no drainage and seasonal flooding.
Mimulus cardinalis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Mimulus cardinalis is evergreen.
Flower of Mimulus cardinalis has color red.
Communities for Mimulus cardinalis:Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Coastal Strand, Douglas Fir Forest, Red Fir Forest, Mixed-evergreen Forest, Riparian (rivers & creeks), Southern Oak Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest.