Azalea-flowered Monkey or Large-flower bush-monkey-flower, is a
very showy California native sub-shrub with flowers that are a pale
peach color that somewhat resemble an azalea. This monkey flower is
commonly found in openings, south and west-facing road cuts in the areas
between the oak woodland and the conifer forest in the central coast
ranges and the west-central Sierra Nevada mountains. We've seen this
form of monkey flower in the Big Sur area, growing in granite under Quercus chrysolepis and Lithocarpus densiflorus, and above Oroville in decomposed granite under Quercus wislizenii.
Azalea- Flowered Monkey Flower normally grows on granitic soils, with
hybrids occurring with the other native subspecies as it moves into
other soil types(notably in northern San Luis Obispo County.
Denver Botanic Garden has this in a sheltered rock location that
fills with snow first. It has tolerated -30 degrees F., in this spot.
I've used it regularly in areas that have a 2 foot (.6 meter) wide
flower bed next to a lawn. The plant performs best where it has
excellent drainage and near garden conditions. It does not like
reflected sunlight, nor much shade, but 8 hours of cool sun is great,
and high filtered shade is great. On most sites it will live for 10-20
years with no bugs, or herbivore problems.
Common associated plants are such plants as Brickellia, Penstemon, Eriogonum, and Eriophyllum lanatum (and E. grandiflorum).
If you're in a deer area you'll need to not water in the summer (after
the first summer) so the plant can go semi-deciduous and Bambi will not
eat. The remainder of the year you can enjoy an evergreen plant
covered with yellow flowers and visited by a few hummingbirds.
This is one of the plants that I can consider mixing in with Penstemon 'Margarita BOP', Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Erigeron 'Cape Sebastian', and Zauschneria 'Mattole River'.
Syns: Mimulus aurantiacus, Mimulus aurantiacus var. grandiflorus,
Mimulus bifidus, Diplacus glutinosus var. grandiflorus, Diplacus
leptanthus, Diplacus longiflorus var. grandiflorus, Diplacus
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Diplacus grandiflorus tolerates serpentine and deer.
Diplacus grandiflorus is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Diplacus grandiflorus has color green and is deciduous.
Flower of Diplacus grandiflorus has color yellow.