Botanical Name: Mirabilis multiflora
Common Name: Desert or Colorado Four O' Clock  
Plant photo of: Mirabilis multiflora
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Desert Four O'Clock has a clumping to spreading habit. Leaves are fleshy and soft green. Flowers are funnel-shaped, hot pink to magenta, and appear in abundance June through October. Will burn to ground with frost but recovers quickly if the weather warms. Looks stunning cascading over low walls or tucked between boulders. Attracts humming birds, native birds, and hawk moths. Accepts full sun or partial shade. Needs a well drained soil. Native to Utah, there is one planted at the Greater Avenues Demonstration Garden.
Wide spreading perennial growing under 24 inches but spreading 4 to 5 feet. Blooms are only open when skies are sunny. Slow to grow in spring, it needs warm days to get started so don't be impatient and toss it out by mistake. Attractive to bees, bumblebees, moths, and hummingbirds.