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Mirabilis laevis, Desert Wishbone, is a perennial desert species. It may trail, or form more of a bushy appearance. It has beautiful green foliage, and bright lavender to purple flowers which attract beneficial pollinating insects. Native bees love it, and this is an important spring food for Desert Tortoises.
This is a perennial plant (will die back in the winter, and return the following spring.) It has an impressive root system.
Cold moist stratification is a necessity for good growth! Plant in fall.Best sown in the soil, but can also be grown in large containers in mild climates.
Drought tolerant and needs well drained gritty soil, but will benefit from occasional deep watering.
If offering to tortoises, do not plant where tortoises have access, or they may eat entire young plants in one sitting.
Sunset Zone(s): 2, 10-12
USDA Zone(s): 8-10
Blooming Period: Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravel, alkaline, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Location: San Bernardino County