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Mirabilis californica

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Species Name: Mirabilis californica
Common Name: Wishbone Bush

The bright pink flowers of wishbone bush open in the evening and close in the morning. It blooms in spring, after which it loses its leaves and goes dormant for the summer. Works well tucked in among evergreen shrubs where its dormancy can go unnoticed.

Plant Family: Nyctaginaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Trailing, low
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Magenta
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central Coast, South Coast Range, Southwest, western Deserts, Baja
Natural Habitat: Grassy areas, chaparral, dunes, dry rocky areas and washes below 3300'



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