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Cardinal Monkey Flower

Erythranthe cardinalis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6"-1' × 6"-2'
Flowering Season May-October
Flower Color Orange/red
Minimum Temperature Range -40 °F
Leaf Description Opposite, hairy, serrated margins, often with purple striations
Fruit Oval capsule in papery calyx (structure made up of a plants sepals)
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Elevation Range 2000-8000 ft.
Description Not as common as E. guttata, but found in similar habitats with abundant moisture at springs, seeps, and creeks. Aside from the blooms it can be differentiated by the hairy leaves, often with purple striations. The showy red-orange blooms make a lively addition to a perennially moist basin, the edge of a small pond, or in an aqua/hydroponic set up. This species could be interplanted with monkey flower (E. guttata) to form a lovely patch with ample flowers for hummingbirds in the spring-early fall.