MONKEY FLOWERS MIXED COLOURS MIMULUS WATCH THEM OPEN AND CLOSE THEIR MOUTHS! $2.10

WATCH THEM CHEW! NO KIDDING, THEY REALLY DO IT!
NEW STUNNER – MIXED COLOURS MONKEY FLOWERS –
TRULY GORGEOUS FACES! AND THEY STICK THEIR TONGUE RIGHT OUT FOR A REASON! THEY OPEN AND CLOSE THEIR MOUTHS AND YOU CAN WATCH THEM DO IT!

Monkey flowers are truly rare and amazing! They exhibit rapid movement, a rarity in the plant world. Lightly touch the flower’s white, two-parted stigma and see what happens: it quickly closes, “assuming” that a bee, butterfly, or bird has deposited pollen from another flower while gathering nectar. If the plant senses the absence of pollen, the stigma will reopen and continue to open and close until pollen is finally deposited. Additionally, these plants will drop all their foliage to survive drought conditions.

Bush monkey flowers were first cultivated in British gardens. Mimulus aurantiacus plants were grown as early as 1796 from seeds collected in Monterey or San Francisco by botanist Archibald Menzies. The May 1838 issue of Curtis Botanical Magazine includes a glowing description of Mimulus puniceus, calling it “a very elegant shrub, flourishing in its native soil nearly the whole year… it cannot fail to prove a great ornament to our gardens.”

These stunning plants are best sown after the last frost. During a heatwave, they will drop all their foliage to preserve their stems, so if you forget to water or leave them alone to naturalize, don’t pull them up thinking they’re dead; they have merely shed their leaves! They can last for several years in the garden and will self-seed, offering new colors as they cross-pollinate.

 

 

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