Mirabilis laevis var. villosa
Color: White to pale pink
Common name: Wishbone Bush
Latin name: Mirabilis laevis var. villosa was Mirabilis bigelovii var. bigelovii
Height: < 2.6 feet
Description: Mirabilis laevis var. villosa is a low rounded shrub with generally glandular-hairy stems and widely funnel-shaped, white to pale pink flowers
Leaf: The leaves are egg-shaped to kidney-shaped with hairs that have minute spheric bodies on the tips.
Range: White and Inyo Mountains, Desert
Habitat: Rocky places
Elevation: < 2300 m.
Flowering time: Spring to early summer
Notes: Mirabilis laevis var. villosa, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: to Utah, Arizona, nw Mexico. Can be evergreen and bloom almost year-round in the garden with supplemental summer water. This photo was taken on May 22, 2004 Hesperia, San Bernardino County, California.
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