Mimulus naiandinis 'Mega'

Diplacus aurantiacus var. puniceus ‘Mega’

One has to smile at a plant with the name Spunky Monkey. That was enough for us to get this into the Whimsey Garden. The flowers on this are larger than the species and appear during spring and summer. The upper petals are a deep raspberry and the lower petals are yellow fading to cream with abundant hairs. In towards the crevasse are lots of raspberry dots. Stems are dark and arching and the foliage is blue green with some purple veining.

Most people know this plant as Mimulus, but it was divided up in 2012 and placed into the Diplacus genus.

Pronunciation: DY-pla-kus aw-ran-ti-AYE-kus

Species Meaning: Orange-red colored

Diplacus aurantiacus var. puniceus is native to Chile.


  • Mimulus naiandinis 'Mega'
    Mimulus naiandinis 'Mega'

Cultivation Notes

About 18″ x 18″ and self sows readily. Wants some water in summer, but tolerates lots of shade.

Propagation Notes

Easy to propagate from seed.

Additional Information

Syn: Mimulus naiandinis ‘Mega’

Syn: Erythranthe naiandina

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20018

Found in Whimsey Way,

In the bed along the deer fence towards the children’s gate into the Fairy garden.

We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.

Family: Phrymaceae

Genus: Diplacus

Species: aurantiacus var. puniceus

Variety: Mega

Commonly known as: Spunky Monkey Flower, Chilean Monkey Flower

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Shade
Part Shade
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9a - down to 20F

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