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Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson'

Marian Sampson scarlet monardella

Marian Sampson scarlet monardella is a ground-hugging California native that grows 3-4" tall and 6-8" wide.  It has clusters of dazzling red tubular flowers that bloom in late spring through early summer.

A dazzling selection of the California native wildflower species, Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson' has clusters of brilliant red, tubular flowers held over low mats of dark green, shiny leaves.  Blooming in late spring it is certain to attract the hummingbirds.  This little gem is great for a rock garden or in a container.  Easy-to-grow, it needs sharp drainage and infrequent summer water.  It's short-lived, but makes up for it by being exceptionally showy and exotic. Introduced into the trade by Ed Sampson of the Mourning Cloak Ranch and Botanical Gardens in Tehachapi, CA and named in honor of his late wife, Marian.


2-3 in


6-8 in


8 in

Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson' Characteristics


  • Wind resistant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • California native
  • Portola Valley Ranch approved
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Red / Burgundy / Maroon

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Prostrate


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Sand
  • Sandy loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low
  • None

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Rock garden
  • Green roof
  • Container
  • Under CA native oaks


  • California

Plants that work well with Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson'

Shasta sulfur buckwheat Shasta sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum 'Shasta Sulfur')
Woolly blue curls Woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum)