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PlantFiles: Desert Wishbone Bush
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mirabilis (mih-RAB-ih-liss) (Info)
Species: laevis var. crassifolia

Synonym:Mirabilis californica
Synonym:Mirabilis californica var. cedrosensis
Synonym:Mirabilis cedrosensis
Synonym:Mirabilis heimerlii
Synonym:Mirabilis laevis var. cedrosensis

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On May 8, 2011, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

More synonyms of this plant are: Hesperonia californica, Hesperonia cedrosensis, Hesperonia heimerlii, Mirabilis laevis var. cordifolia, Oxybaphus californicus & Oxybaphus glabrifolius var. crassifolius.

Positive matricesp On Mar 20, 2008, matricesp from San Pedro, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Growing under Brachychiton populneus trees so it gets partial shade, started blooming a few days ago, late winter. also really drought tolerant. I don't water it at all, just let it get the winter rain.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Malibu, California
San Pedro, California
Simi Valley, California

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