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Mimulus  'Lizard Gold' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Lizard Gold'

(monkeyflower)

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Mimulus  'Peach Hybrid' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Peach Hybrid'

(monkeyflower)

This dependable Mimulus hybrid is one of the oldest in our collection.  It has large orange frilly blossoms.  Grows 2-3 ft. tall and blooms profusely in the spring and summer often into autumn. Drought tolerant shrub which can grow in sun to light shade and benefit from pinching back to form a strong framework for floral display and to keep compact. They require good drainage and respond to occasional watering, but resent drip irrigation systems that deliver water on a regular basis.  Deer resistant.  Larval food source for painted lady and checkerspot butterfly.
Mimulus  'Phil's White' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'Phil's White'

(monkeyflower)

This monkeyflower opens pale yellow-ivory and fades to white. It's a cross between the lovely but cold tender White Verity hybrid and Mimulus bifidus from Bowman Lake in the Sierra Nevada (thanks to Ted Kipping). It has proved long lived in both Fulton and Sebastopol. It has the useful characteristic of sprouting new growth from the base so that old growth can be pruned away. Best with light shade and good drainage. Keep the soil on the dry side in summer and fertilize minimally. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.
Mimulus  'Trish' monkey flower
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Mimulus 'Trish'

(monkey flower)

Another hybrid monkeyflower developed by Richard Persoff, sporting large rosy-pink flowers. Floriferous, drought tolerant, native sub-shrub growing 1 - 2 ft. tall and wide. Best with good drainage, light shade and careful watering. Best with occasional deep watering in the summer and pinching to form good support for the abundant flowers. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds work the flowers, painted lady and checkerspot butterflies use it as a larval food source. Deer resisitant.    
Mimulus   'U.C. Hybrid' monkeyflower
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Mimulus 'U.C. Hybrid'

(monkeyflower)

Monkeyflowers are floriferous native sub-shrubs that bloom spring into summer. The cultivar 'U.C.Hybrid' is very vigorous with burnt orange colored flowers. Requires good drainage, full sun along the coast with  light or part shade inland. They benefit from pinching to form a strong framework to support its floriferous branches. Best kept on the dry side with occasional deep summer waterings. Hummingbird, butterflies and bees enjoy the flowers, larval food source for checkerspot and painted lady butterflies. Deer resisitant.
Mimulus aurantiacus  sticky monkeyflower
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Mimulus aurantiacus

(sticky monkeyflower)

This is the monkeyflower you find in the hills and along the coast around here. Grows 2 - 3 ft. tall with buff orange tubular flowers. Full sun near coast, light shade inland. Good drainage, keep on the dry side and fertilize minimally. Benefits from annual trimming. Larval food source for the common checkerspot and buckeye butterflies. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.  Deer resistant.
Mimulus aurantiacus 'Ted's Yellow' sticky monkeyflower
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Mimulus aurantiacus 'Ted's Yellow'

(sticky monkeyflower)

Grows 2 - 3 ft. tall with yellow tubular flowers. Full sun near coast, light shade inland. Good drainage, keep on the dry side and fertilize minimally. Benefits from annual trimming. Larval food source for the common checkerspot and buckeye butterflies. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.  Deer resistant.
Mimulus  bifidus 'Esselen' monkeyflower
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Mimulus bifidus 'Esselen'

(monkeyflower)

We have been impressed with this fine selection from Big Sur, which offers compact habit, shiny green foliage and broad bright-orange flowers over a long period. Plant in sun to light shade with little to occasional summer water. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds all work the flowers and it is a larval food source for the Checkerspot butterfly. Deer resistant.
Mimulus cardinalis  scarlet monkeyflower
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Mimulus cardinalis

(scarlet monkeyflower)

Native to wet areas throughout the West, this robust perennial can easily grow to 2 ft. tall and wide. Tubular scarlet flowers are a hummingbird favorite and are very showy. Plant in sun to part shade with ample water. Perfect beside a pond, stream or water feature. Trim as needed to keep tidy. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.
Mimulus cardinalis 'Santa Cruz Island Gold' monkeyflower
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Mimulus cardinalis 'Santa Cruz Island Gold'

(monkeyflower)

An interesting color form of a streamside native found on Santa Cruz Island. Rather than the usual scarlet tubular flowers, this monkeyflower has golden orange blossoms with a band of yellow with red dots at the base of the petals. Plant in sun to part shade with regular water. Perfect beside a pond, stream or water feature. Does well in containers too. Trim as needed to keep tidy. A hummingbird favorite.
Mimulus dentatus  coastal monkeyflower
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Mimulus dentatus

(coastal monkeyflower)

Native to coastal streams and wet shady places in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, north to British Columbia.Handsome bright green leaves with toothed margins,6-15 inches high spreading by slender rhizomes to form perennial patches.Late spring and summer brings funnel shaped bright yellow flowers with tiny red dots in the throat, which bloom over a long period. Excellent for any moist shady spot where the cheerful blossoms brighten.A good container plant too.
Mimulus guttatus  common monkeyflower
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Mimulus guttatus

(common monkeyflower)

This monkeyflower is native to wet places throughout the west. Forms mats of foliage topped with flowering stems of cheerful bright yellow tubular flowers. Regular water, sun to light shade. Seeds about when happy. The flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds.
Mimulus  hybrids  monkeyflower
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Mimulus hybrids

(monkeyflower)

Over the years we have accumulated a collection of beautiful Monkeyflower hybrids offering an amazing range of colors. From pure white to ivory, different shades of yellow and orange to reds and purple. Blooming profusely in the spring and summer often into autumn, these drought tolerant shrubs make colorful additions to the garden where they can grow in full sun on the coast to part shade inland. Growing 2-3 ft. tall and wide, they benefit from pinching to form a strong framework to support their flower display and keep the brittle plants compact. They require good drainage and respond to occasional watering, but resent drip irrigation systems that deliver water on a regular basis. Deer resistant. Larval food source for painted lady and checkerspot butterfly.            
Mimulus lewisii - Cascade Mountains form  Lewis' monkeyflower
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Mimulus lewisii - Cascade Mountains form

(Lewis' monkeyflower)

From cold streams in the Cascade Mountains comes this particularly dark flowered form of Lewis' monkeyflower. Trumpet-shaped blossoms with flared mouths are colored a deep, rich rose-pink, unlike the paler Sierra form. Reaching up to a foot tall and spreading to form small clumps, this moisture-loving monkeyflower enjoys part-shade and decent drainage. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Plant with sedges, blue lobelia and false bugbane for a colorful woodland display filled with texture. Great in a container.  
Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson' scarlet coyote mint
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Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'

(scarlet coyote mint)

A choice native perennial forming low mats of fragrant dark green shiny leaves. Mid to late spring brings spectacular heads of scarlet tubular flowers which are hummingbird magnets. Well suited for rock garden or container use where good drainage can be provided along with occasional summer water. Appreciates light shade in hot regions. The cultivar ‘Marian Sampson’ is a vigorous and disease resistant selection, but still likely to be short lived, lasting 2 to 4 years. Fantastic accent plant which is deer resistant and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monardella villosa  coyote mint
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Monardella villosa

(coyote mint)

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Monardella villosa 'Soulajule' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa 'Soulajule'

(coyote mint)

Smaller than our cultivar 'Russian River', this coyote mint reaches a height of about 10 inches with fragrant leaves and dense heads of lavender-pink flowers in late spring and summer.Forms small colonies over time as the branches touch the ground and root.Best in full sun though light shade is helpful inland.Will enjoy occasional irrigation once established but does not require it.Attracts bees, butterflies and other beneficials and is deer resistant.Discovered near Soulajule Reservoir in Marin County.
Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Pomo Canyon' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Pomo Canyon'

(coyote mint)

This low growing, dense selection of our native coyote mint was discovered near the mouth of the Russian River. Large, round, deeply veined leaves colored dark blue-green give this groundcover a lush appearance. In summer, soft lavender flowers which look like pincushions cover the plant. Reaches a height of up to 12 inches and spreads fairly quickly to form drifts. Provide full sun to light shade and moderate to infrequent irrigation. A stellar plant for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Coyote mint is not a true mint and won’t spread invasively by roots. Deer resistant.
Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Russian River' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana 'Russian River'

(coyote mint)

Our own selection of coyote mint from a rocky slope along the lower Russian River. Although Monardella is sometimes difficult in cultivation, this plant has proven to be vigorous. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall with ball-like clusters of pinkish-purple above the fragrant evergreen foliage. Good for a dry sunny site. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Monardella villosa ssp. villosa 'Mark West' coyote mint
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Monardella villosa ssp. villosa 'Mark West'

(coyote mint)

This sweet little coyote mint hails from the dry, inland hills above the Mark West watershed in North East Santa Rosa. It is more compact than the ‘Russian River’ selection, mounding to about 1’ high and spreading to 3’ across. The aromatic foliage is a light minty green, and the round lavender-pink flower heads bloom from late spring through summer. Best with a bit of protection from the hot afternoon sun, this coyote mint is great to tuck under a large, upright, drought tolerant shrub, such as manzanita or Ceanothus. Drought tolerant once established, but blooms best with occasional deep soaks. Needs good drainage. Like other coyote mints, it is a butterfly and native bee magnet. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia capillaris  pink muhly
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Muhlenbergia capillaris

(pink muhly)

This beautiful grass is grown for the stunning haze of purple-pink flower panicles in late summer. Clumping grass 2 - 3 ft. tall, native to southeastern U.S. Best in full sun with some summer water. Cut back late winter to encourage fresh new growth. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia dubia  pine muhly
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Muhlenbergia dubia

(pine muhly)

A half size version of the popular deer grass, Muhlenbergia rigens, with many of its attributes - only smaller. Evergreen foliage 12 - 18 inches tall. Narrow flower spikes on erect stems to 3 ft. tall. Adaptable, plant in full sun to light shade, little to moderate summer water. Heat and drought tolerant. Deer resistant too.

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Muhlenbergia emersleyi

(bull grass)

A handsome grass that forms dense mounds of gray-green blades about 2 ft. long. The showy flowers rise another foot above the foliage and are purplish-gray and dense. Useful as a specimen or in groups. Full sun, light shade, decent drainage. Tolerates heat, cold, wind, and drought. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
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Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Choice evergreen grass with beautiful blue-gray blades that have a graceful arching habit to around 3 ft. tall. Purplish flower spikes rise another 1 - 2 1/2 ft. above the foliage. Prefers full sun with good drainage with moderate to little summer water. Has performed well on our mounded up clay soil with very little summer water. Deer resistant.
Muhlenbergia rigens  deer grass
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Muhlenbergia rigens

(deer grass)

Versatile, adaptable, large native grass forms dense clumps 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide. This striking grass is useful as a specimen and wonderful planted in mass. Plant in full sun to light shade.Tolerates moist or dry soils and performs well in clay soils. Extensive root system makes it excellent for soil stabilization.Good habitat value offering seeds for songbirds and is a larval food source for a number of butterflies species.Deer resisitant.

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