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Desert Wishbone

Mirabilis laevis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, moths
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-2' × 2-3'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season November-March
Flower Color White/pink
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Opposite, rounded triangles
Fruit Spherical pod
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Elevation Range 500-7000 ft.
Description This small plant occurs across most of western Arizona on arroyo edges and rocky foothills of arid mountain ranges. In spring and summer this drought tolerant species becomes covered in white/pink blooms which are out at night and early morning, closing by midday. Desert wishbone typically ends up forming a small mound, and could be interplanted with other xeric wildflowers and cacti such as desert zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), and red barrels (Ferocactus spp.). Add this plant to a cactus patch or mixed wildflower garden and enjoy its delicate blossoms. Plants will die back to their roots in the summer.