About Tiger Monkey Flower: This native wildflower makes itself equally useful as an ornamental garden plant and as an addition to wetland or bog plantings. The genus name comes from the Greek words for “mimic” and “ape,” because of the resemblance of the blossoms to the face of a clown-like monkey.The species name "tigrinus" means “striped like a tiger,” referring to the uniquely marked blossoms.
Tiger Monkey Flower Germination: Direct sow in late fall. Press the seed into the surface of the soil, since it needs light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. This seed can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting in the spring.
Growing Tiger Monkey Flower Seeds: Keep the plants watered if the weather becomes dry; this plant prefers very moist soil, and even tolerates standing water. It may self-seed, and often spreads by rhizomes. These flowers particularly attract bumblebees, which have enough strength to force their way into the protected interior for pollination. For a possible second bloom, cut back the plant by one third after the first blooms have faded.
Harvesting Tiger Monkey Flower: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.
Saving Tiger Monkey Flower Seeds: After the flowers have faded, seed pods will form. As soon as the pods begin to dry and turn brown, harvest them. Break open the pods to remove the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Tiger Monkey Flower Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: None Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer to Fall Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 600,000 Produces a plant with serrated, blade-like leaves and small, trumpet-like yellow flowers with red markings.