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Mirabilis linearis (Narrowleaf four o'clock)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Mirabilis linearis

Narrowleaf four o'clock

Nyctaginaceae (Four-O'clock Family)

USDA Symbol: MILI3

USDA Native Status:

Mirabilis, in Latin, and Maravilla, in Spanish, both mean marvelous, which the flowers certainly are. They open in the shade of the late afternoon. This lovely native species is a close relative of Common Four-oclock (M. jalapa), a plant originally from Mexico, popular in gardens since the Aztecs, and now commonly escaping into the wild; it has purple, yellow, or sometimes white or variegated flowers generally not longer than 2 1/2 (6.5 cm).

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Upright narrow growth pattern.
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , CO , CT , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OK , PA , SD , TN , TX , UT , WI , WY
Canada: SK

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Prefers dry, rocky or sandy soil of plains, hillsides, and roadsides.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0139 Collected Sept. 30, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0996 Collected Oct 12, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0526 Collected Jul 27, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

3 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Mirabilis linearis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mirabilis linearis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mirabilis linearis

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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