heart-leaved umbrella-wort, wild four-o'clock
[Allionia nyctaginea Michx., more...]
Etymology: Mirabilis: Latin for "miraculous or wonderful"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; stems nearly smooth, branched toward the top
Leaves: oval with a heart-shaped base, stalks 1/4"- 1" long
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 3/8" wide, saucer-shaped, sepals petal-like; inflorescence of 3-5 flowers in branched clusters; blooms May-Aug.
Habitat: dry; prairies, disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 1, Wetland Indicator = UPL* Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key