Wishbone Bush (Mirabilis laevis) in the Mirabilis Database

Botanical names:
Mirabilis laevis Accepted
Mirabilis laevis var. laevis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 1 - 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 5 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pale pink, Rose Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant


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