red bush monkeyflower Scrophulariaceae Diplacus
puniceus Nutt. symbol: DIPU4
Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, lanceolate, dark green above, may be hairy or velvety below.
Flower: Large, showy, upright pairs of orange-red flowers in the leaf axils; individual tube-like flowers are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, five petal lobes somewhat resembling a monkey face when viewed end-on; very fragrant and appearing spring through summer.
Fruit: A dehiscent brown capsule.
Twig: Slender, red-brown.
Bark: Red-brown and somewhat shreddy.
Form: A small rounded shrub to 3 feet tall.
Additional Range Information: Diplacus puniceus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)