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Mirabilis longiflora

Mirabilis longiflora
Cute little swirly purple style peeking out from the spent flower
angel's trumpets
Common name angel's trumpets
Family nyctaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers white/pink
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes drought tolerant
From seed germinate at room temperature, no special treatment
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Flowers on this native of the US southwest are smaller than those of its four o'clock cousins, but they come in great profusion, opening in the evening and staying open until the following morning – they are pollinated by night-flying moths. The "long flowers" implied by the species name refer to the long (green) tube at the base of the flower – the actual petal bits aren't long at all. I first noticed that my plants had started blooming when I noticed the previous night's spent flowers – shown above left. I then waited till dusk to see the new crop of flowers open, and took the picture at right. I didn't see any pollinating moths, though.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, right fence border, foundation border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange. Baggy 70F (75%G, 11-15d)

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