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Mirabilis latifolia

Mirabilis latifolia (A. Gray) Diggs, Lipscomb & O’Kennon

Broadleaf Four O'clock

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)


USDA Symbol: MILA18

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Resembles a small-leaved M. nyctaginea; erect or decumbent and growing over other plants; stems 0.18–1.15 m long; upper stems with short incurved hairs; leaf blades ± ovate, the larger 2–5 cm long; petioles 5–12 mm long; inflorescences widely branched; fruits 4-angled, some fruits 5-angled on type specimen." (Bibref: 281).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Oval
Fruit Type: Accessory
Size Notes: "Stems 0.18-1.15 m long." (Bibref: 281).
Leaf: "Leaf blades more or less ovate, the larger 2-5 cm long; petioles 5-12 mm long." (Bibref: 281).
Flower: "Inflorescences widely branched." (Bibref: 281).
Fruit: "Fruit an anthocarp." (Bibref: 281). "Fruits 4-angled, some fruits 5-angled on type specimen." (Bibref: 281).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Distribution: Texas and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: "Various soils, disturbed sites." (Bibref: 281).

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes


Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds


Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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