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Mirabilis linearis var. subhispida
umbrella wort, narrowleaved four o'clock
Nyctaginaceae - Four o'clock
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
DescriptionThis spindly plant has very narrow opposite leaves. They may be hairy.
Mature SizeUp to 2 ft.
Flower ColorPink, White
BloomAugust to September. Usually in clusters of 3 or 4. Can be singular. 2 or 3 tiny pink or white flowers are inside of a greenish, 3/4 inch, umbrella-shaped involucre. The flowers have no petals. The sepals are united.
Interesting FactsMirabilis means marvelous in Latin.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesEvidence of prehistoric use of Mirabilis has been found in New Mexico. The leaves are reported to have been used medicinally, although the illness for which they were used is not clear.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve