Mimulus Seeds - Magic Ball Mix
- Seed Count: 15 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 50-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Annual or short-lived perennial
- Flower Color: Vibrant mix of yellow, orange, red, and white
- Height: Grows to a height of 8-14 inches
- Sun Requirements: Partial shade to full sun
- Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained soil
- Additional Information: Attracts pollinators like hummingbirds and bees
History: Mimulus, commonly referred to as Monkey Flower, has its origins in North America, although several species are also native to Australia and Asia. It belongs to the family Phrymaceae and is often found growing wild near streams, wetlands, and other damp areas. Historically, Native Americans have utilized different Mimulus species for medicinal purposes. The Magic Ball Mix is a cultivated variety designed to offer a stunning range of colors. The genus name 'Mimulus' comes from the Latin word for "mime" or "mimic," referencing the flowers' fanciful resemblance to monkey faces. Over the years, Mimulus has been a subject of botanical research, particularly in the field of genetics and ecology, making it a multi-faceted plant with historical, scientific, and aesthetic relevance.
Uses: Mimulus Magic Ball Mix is an incredibly versatile plant with a variety of uses. Its vibrant blooms make it a highly decorative option for gardens, particularly those with wet or damp conditions. The colorful flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including hummingbirds and bees, making it an excellent choice for ecological gardening. Because of its compact size, it fits well into smaller gardens, patios, or balconies when grown in containers. Furthermore, it's commonly used in aquatic gardens, as it thrives near water features like ponds or streams. Due to its natural habitat near water, it's also a good choice for erosion control in areas that are prone to water runoff.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Mimulus Magic Ball Mix is an annual or short-lived perennial, which means you can enjoy its beauty either for a season or over several years, depending on your climate. The plants generally grow to a height of 8-14 inches and prefer moist, well-drained soil. To plant your Mimulus seeds, begin by preparing a garden bed in partial shade or an area that receives filtered sunlight. Sow the seeds just beneath the surface, about 1/8 inch deep. Keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which usually occurs within 10-14 days. The plant is relatively low-maintenance but prefers consistently wet or damp soil conditions. You can expect to see a profusion of blooms in about 50-70 days from planting. If you live in a climate with hot summers, providing some shade will help the plants thrive.