This showy and ornamental genus comprises many fine-flowering annuals and a few shrubby species; one of the shrubby species (Mimulus glutinosus) may be found blooming on our hillsides nearly every month of the year. Mimulus cardinalis, with its bright scarlet flowers, is a lovely perennial, thriving best by the side of a running stream, and another of our natives is Mimulus luteus which flourishes by the banks of our ponds and lakes. The many and vari-colored varieties of Mimulus luteus are very effective garden flowers. Mimulus moschatus (the common Musk) is another species of this genus and is a well-known and favorite plant both for growing in pots and for planting outside in clumps, or for growing a ground-work for tall-stemmed flowers such as Lobelia cardinalis.
Propagate by seeds sown (in early Spring) in the open air, where they are to flower, or by cuttings inserted (in early Spring) in a shady spot protected from wind and strong sunshine. The seeds, being very small, should be covered with soil very lightly. Mimulus moschatus is best propagated by dividing the roots in early Spring or before growth commences.