Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus)

The Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus) is generally described as a perennial forb/herb. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring . The Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus) has green foliage and inconspicuous blue flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous black fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the summer, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus) will reach up to 2.3 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.

The Sharpwing Monkeyflower (Alatus) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, seed. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have high vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -23°F. has none tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Forb/herb
Growth Period Spring
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Summer
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance None
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 2.3
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color Blue
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Fall
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -23
Soil Depth for Roots 2
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Slow
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 6.2–7.8 pH
Precipitation Range 24–24 inches/yr
Planting Density 10912–43560 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 2
Minimum Frost-Free Days 150 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability High
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA