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Mirabilis laevis villosa - Desert Wishbone Bush

Mirabilis laevis villosa, the Desert Wishbone Bush is the white flowered variety of the recently recombined Wishbone Bush species. This White flowered shrub is one of our most free flowering native plants. If you wanted a plant to set your watch by this is not the one. The Mirabilis laevis villosa flowers are open mornings and evenings or if in the shade from late Fall through Spring. The flowers of the Desert Wishbone Bush quickly close when the sun shines on them. Mirabilis laevis villosa grows in full sun and with a modest amount of shade. Once the weather turns hot and dry the plants dry up and wait for the next season. It is best to plant your Wishbone Bush in an out of the way location. Mirabilis californica will need to be watered for a while to establish and then should dry out for the summer.

Mirabilis californica, Wishbone Bush

Magenta flowers of Mirabilis californica - Wishbone Bush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plant pages from the genus Mirabilis featured on this site:
Mirabilis californica
Mirabilis jalapa
Mirabilis laevis crassifolia
Mirabilis laevis villosa
Mirabilis multiflora