Diplacus bigelovii, also known as Bigelow’s monkeyflower, is a species of wildflower that is native to California and can be found in the Mojave Desert and the Sonoran Desert. It belongs to the Phrymaceae family and is known for its showy magenta or deep pink flowers.
The plant was named after John Bigelow, an American botanist who collected the first specimen of this flower in the mid-1800s. It is a member of the family Phrymaceae, which includes many other species of monkey flowers.
Bigelow’s Monkey Flower is a perennial plant that grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It has glossy green leaves and vibrant magenta-pink trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from late spring to early fall. The flowers are about an inch long and have a characteristic “monkey face” pattern on their petals, which gives them their common name.
Bigelow’s Monkey Flower is adapted to dry and arid conditions, and it is commonly found in desert regions, rocky slopes, and along streambanks. It prefers well-drained soils and full sunlight, but can also tolerate partial shade.