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Mimulus – Monkey Mime

13 March 2014 No Comment

If you’ve never heard of Mimulus before, it’s a great time to become acquainted with this gorgeous little bloom.
Mimulus, translated from Latin, means “mime” which refers to the funny clown-face the fat petals of the flower make when viewed head on.
Its more well-known name, Monkey Flower, is also a reference to the flower shape.
These annuals come in a vast array of colours, from blotched or spotted to flamed and bi-coloured and even the good old standard solid colours and they range from 10-30cm tall.
These bright little faces prefer to be shaded from our harsh sun, at least partially, so pick a shady or semi-shade position and ensure the soil drains well because they like very moist, but not waterlogged soil to rest in.
Monkey Flowers make fabulous colourful borders to beds when using the shorter varieties, in deep pockets in rockeries and they will look gorgeous planted up in some pots en masse.
Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za

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