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Mirabilis multiflora (photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram)
Mirabilis multiflora (photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram)

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7-16, 18-24
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Mirabilis multiflora

Desert Four O’Clock
Nyctaginaceae
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers

MIRABILIS

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.

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