Beach Peanut, Burrowing Four O Clock
Okenia hypogaea

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Okenia (oh-KEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: hypogaea (hy-poh-JEE-uh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Groundcovers

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 29, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This prostrate, herbaceous annual is closely related to the Bougainvillea and the cultivated Four O Clock. It has opposite leaves that are sticky and densely pubescent. The 5 lobed, magenta flowers are solitary in the leaf axils. Once pollinated, the flowers bend down forcing the young fruit underground to ripen. The plant flowers from March through November. Its natural habitat is beach dunes from east central to southwest Florida and Mexico.
Oceanfront development has caused much loss of habitat and this plant is on the Florida Endangered Species list.