Garden

Water mimulus - Mimulus ringens


Generalities Mimulus ringens


Rhizomatous perennial aquatic plant, native to Australia, Asia and the American continent, the water Mimol forms thick tufts, with long, lanceolate, wrinkled, dark green leaves. The leaves can sometimes be similar to bracts, with thin stems and reddish-brown colors.
In spring and summer the Mimolo bushes are covered with flowers, very large in hybrid varieties, usually blue violet, with bilabiata corolla. The flower recalls, at first glance, the flower of the orchids, due to its very particular shape and the bilabiata corolla.

Exposure



As for where to place this plant, the Mimolo water develops very well in a semi-shaded place, possibly located in the west, with a brief direct insolation in the late afternoon. It is a plant that can grow well even in full sun, but the flowers grow more abundantly and the flowering is more lasting in the shade. It is a rustic plant, which does not fear the cold, even if it is opportune to shelter the rhizomes if the winters are so rigid as to completely freeze the water in which they are immersed; in this case it is good to uproot the rhizomes and keep them in a dark and cool place, in a container filled with earth, until the following spring.

Ground



As for the growing medium, this plant needs a soil that is always wet or even wet. The ideal place for the cultivation of mimulus ringens It is a shallow pond, with a bottom composed of rich soil and humus. They are buried in fairly large containers, filled with balanced soil and a small amount of sand, which must be sunk beneath the surface of the water, or even completely buried at the bottom of a small pond or pond. It prefers clean waters, possibly not too rough, but it also tolerates running waters well. If desired, it can be buried on the banks of a pond, leaving the collar of the plant below water. However, very slow waters are also those that freeze more easily in winter so we try to pay close attention to the winter temperatures of the area in which we plant the water Mimolo.

Multiplication


The rhizomes of mimolus ringens tend to multiply continuously, and it is therefore very simple to propagate the plant by dividing the tuft of rhizomes, to be practiced in spring, placing the withdrawn portions in a mixture of earth and sand, to be kept moist until it has fully taken root; After having taken them and raised them, the rhizomes of Mimolo they must be planted the following spring. Wanting the Mimulus ringens you can also sow at the beginning of spring with the seeds of the previous year, but the seedlings must be grown for at least 3-4 months in pot before being planted.

Pests and diseases



As already written, the Mimolo d'Acqua is a rustic plant, which does not fear diseases and parasites, and can occasionally be infested with aphids. For the rest, there are no particular diseases or parasites.

Mimolo water - Mimulus ringens: Mimolo as Bach flower


The mimulus ringens it is used not only as an ornamental flower in water gardens, but also as a Bach flower belonging to the first group, that of flowers used for fear. Prepared by Bach for the first time in 1930, according to the therapy of the famous professor it is indicated for people who suffer their fears in silence and in solitude, without expressing their negative thoughts.