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FutureStarrMonkey Face Flower
This genus once contained more than 100 species—and many experts consider that it still does. However, based on DNA studies, botanists restructured the group in 2012, placing numerous monkey flower species in other genera and leaving just seven species in the Mimulus genus, found in North America, Australia, Madagascar, Africa, and a handful of South Asian countries. This reorganization is still a matter of debate among some botanists.Monkey flower tolerates sun and partial shade, and are as striking in a pot as they are when planted in a drift, or large grouping. In mild climates, plants that are cut back after blooming in early June will reward the gardener with another wave of blossoms later in the summer.
Earlier this year, curious tourists and orchid aficionados alike headed over to Japan to witness a flower display dedicated solely to these one-of-a-kind orchid plants. In celebration of the Year of the Monkey, Aquamarine Fukushima, otherwise officially known as the Marine Science Museum, Fukushima Prefecture, in Iwaki launched an aptly themed exhibit last January the monkey-faced orchids.A quick Google search and tons of sites (including Amazon and eBay) will pop up listing monkey face orchid seeds for sale for only a few dollars. However, if you've ever taken care of any orchid species before, starting them from seed is almost impossible. The New York Botanical Garden shares that the flowers seeds of the monkey orchid are so small, they are almost like dust. The flower seeds also require specialized techniques and a particular climate to thrive successfully.
Yes, there is at least 1 species of yellow monkey flower that should be growing in various places around Minnesota, including the Twin Cities area: Mimulus glabratus. I haven't seen it myself, but I know it has to be here somewhere. A water treatment plant sounds like the perfect place for these moisture-loving plants to grow.This uncommon annual gets its common name from its colorful, velvety flowers, which people with overactive imaginations liken to grinning monkey faces. Smooth, succulent, medium green leaves form mounds about 1 feet high and wide. Two-lipped, funnel-shaped blooms, 2212 inches long, range in color from cream to rose, orange, yellow, and scarlet, usually with brownish maroon spots. Magic Mix series features largely unspotted flowers in warm, vibrant colors. Monkey flower is among the better annuals for shade; use it in borders, hanging baskets, or window boxes. Mimulus alatus 'Curious Orange' is a good performer, reaching 18 inches tall with bright orange flowers. (Source: www.southernliving.com)