Not just any Monkeyflower, Diplacus longiflorus is our Monkeyflower.
Eschewing the fancy palettes of technologically produced hybridization, our local species’ fleshy leaves and classic, cantaloupe-colored trumpet flowers in late spring and early summer are proudly prosaic. Southern Bush Monkeyflower prefers morning sun and a little afternoon shade. It can also thrive and flower profusely in the dappled light of a larger, neighboring shrub or even an oak understory.
Inland, we’ve found that Southern Bush Monkeyflower benefits from periodic, deep watering in the summer despite its semi-dormancy, and that without some supplemental irrigation, its chances of making it through to the fall decrease, even once established. Fast-growing but relatively short-lived, our Southern Bush Monkeyflower comes in 4” pots, perfect for quickly filling in those little part-sun gaps in your garden with a splash of color.