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Pest Information

Bush Monkeyflower

Bush Monkeyflower

  • Latin Name: Mimulus Aurantiacus
  • Common Name: Bush Monkeyflower
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Bush Monkeyflower

Origin:

Native to the western United States.

Biology:

Common perennial roadside shrub in hilly areas of the western U.S. One of several species of Mimulus that serve as a food plant of the Common Checkerspot butterfly – Occidryas chalcedona. Generally found in rocky soils, and especially common in mixed oak woodlands.

Identification:

A shrub that grows to 5 feet tall, profusely branched and dense. Leaves are small, only around 2 inches long, and elongate and lance-shaped. Leaves are covered with short hairs on both surfaces, and have a slight sticky feel to them. Flowers are bright orange and funnel-shaped, about 1 inch long. Flowers are abundant on the bush, and occur from spring through the summer.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Not generally a pest plant.

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