En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - August 25, 2007

From: Palm Bay, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identifcation of four o clock-like flower
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I've run across a flower I cannot find any information on. I saw it in West Virginia. I know that a pix might be needed to identify, but, since this is somewhat unusual, I thought possibly you might know without one. This appears to be a fast growing, 2-3 foot high shrub like plant. It has small, trumpet shaped pink flowers that only open late afternoon. A couple of folks thought it was Four O'Clocks, but, I've examined online photos and it is not. The flower is smaller, sleeker than those of the four o'clock. I've been told it blooms throughout spring/summer. The seeds are about the size of a pea, are black and are individually sheathed. Any thoughts? Thank you for your consideration.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants has looked but, if it's not Mirabilis nyctaginea (heartleaf four o'clock), these are the only plants that come remotely close to your description:

Dicliptera brachiata (branched foldwing)

Spigelia marilandica (woodland pinkroot)

Kalmia angustifolia (sheep laurel)

Rhexia virginica (handsome Harry) (and another set of pictures from the USDA Plants Database)

If you could send us a photo of the plant including the whole plant, a close up of leaves, flowers and fruits (if they are still visible), we will be very happy to try and identify it.

You can read instructions for submitting photos on the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants page under "Plant Identification" in the lower right corner.


Mirabilis nyctaginea

Dicliptera brachiata

Spigelia marilandica

Kalmia angustifolia

Rhexia virginica

 

 

 

 

More Plant Identification Questions

Identification of bluebonnet-like flower
May 14, 2012 - I have discovered a plant that looks like a bluebonnet but is much larger. It has leggy stems and similar leaf structure and the bonnet in more compact with purple vs blue flowers. The plant is growin...
view the full question and answer

Identification of Spaeralcea sp. Globe Mallow
March 31, 2008 - Let's do it again....my computer had some "issues" and I lost your answer.... I purchased a mallow from the WFC about two years ago...I was told at the time they had not yet identified the plant...
view the full question and answer

Plant identification
June 01, 2010 - I was walking in the woods, near Dresden Michigan yesterday, in a deer friendly area, where we came upon a grouping of large, umbrella leaved plants, seemed to be interconnected and only one foot high...
view the full question and answer

Plant ID at the Wildflower Center from Austin
June 18, 2012 - I was at the Wildflower Center today and loved the green plants with delicate white flowers that were in both clay pots in front of the auditorium. Please let me know the name of the plants.
view the full question and answer

Keys for identification of native plants in Ohio
April 22, 2005 - Do you know of any good web sites that provide keys for the identification of native plants? I'm conducting a wetland plant inventory in southwestern Ohio.
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center