Down at the Mill you've sat with your father and you've picked armfuls of yellow flag irises and monkey flowers
and you've laid them on the bank.
Remarkably, masses of perennial monkey flowers
(Mimulus aurantiacus) are growing straight out of what must be extremely narrow and shallow rock crevices because they are indiscernible to the naked eye.
are usually encountered in orange, red or yellow.
Native plant sale - Horticulturists and other expert gardeners will be available to help with the purchase and planting of native plants, such as white and purple sage and sticky monkey flowers
, at Soka University of America, 26800 W.
Sherbet orange is the classic monkey flower
color, but annual monkey flowers
can also be found in various shades of red and maroon.
Yellow bush sunflowers paint Eaton Canyon outside Pasadena, while parts of the Santa Monica Mountains teem with orange monkey flowers
, cream-colored everlasting and golden yarrow.
Huffman said caterpillars also like to feed on monkey flowers
, mallows, thistle and wild lilacs, and even sycamore and oak trees.
For color in moderately shaded areas, consider red or pink heucheras, yellow monkey flowers
(Mimulus guttatus) and a blue native lobelia (Lobelia dunnli serrata).
Truthfully, though, if Los Angeles nurseries displayed more ceanothus, flannel bushes, bush poppies and monkey flowers
this time of year, a greater demand for such plants would develop.
Certain California natives, such as perennial monkey flowers
, will stay green almost year round if regularly watered.
Expect to find monkey flowers
, flannel bush, red buds, purple sage, oregon grapes, speciosum, Mexican sage, radishes and sunflowers in mid-April.
There are also California native perennials, such as irises, roses, penstemons, mallows and monkey flowers
- to name a few - which should keep the color-conscious happy the rest of the year.