Desert Four O'Clocks

Blooming Desert Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis froebelii)
photographed in First Creek area of Red Rocks, Nevada.
April 2008.

These are perennials that die back to their roots each year. Their magenta flowers open for the night in order to attract hawkmoths which pollinate them. They do not always open precisely at four o-clock and can open in the morning on cooler days.

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Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Apr 29, 2008 4:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Neat story

thanks again, Anya!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 29, 2008 4:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Neat story

My pleasure :) Luckily the mornings are still fairly cool in Red Rocks.

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