Desert Four O’Clock
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Strong-looking, mounding plants with the substance and character of shrubs—albeit only seasonal or temporary ones. In summer, branch ends bear clusters of trumpet-shaped, 2-in.-long flowers that open late in the afternoon. Plants are killed to the ground by frost but resprout from their large tuberous roots. Sow seeds in fall or or spring. Plants self-sow freely.Mirabilis multiflora
Native to much of the Southwest. Grows to 1–2 ft. high and 3–5 ft. wide, with magenta flowers and gray-green leaves to 3 in. long.
Western natives related to and much resembling evening primrose (Oenothera), with bright yell...
From the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Grows to 1–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft....
Pinkish purple flowers are held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.