Smooth spreading four o'clock, trailing four o'clock
From south Nevada, east to Colorado and far west Texas
Up to 4 feet, but grows sideways or at an angle
Scrubland, woodland margins, rocky areas; 4,500 to 8,500 feet
Ovate or deltate with tapering tips and a cordate base, up to 3 inches long; on stalks
Mirabilis oxybaphoides is a spreading, clump-orming species, often found in colonies up to 2 feet high and 5 feet across. The leafy stems are leaning rather than upright, or close to the ground, sometimes mixed with other vegetation. The light green leaves are relatively large and quite thick, point upwards, and grow on stalks up to 1.5 inches long. Stems and leaves have a very fine, downy hair covering.
The numerous, showy flowers are produced singly along the upper leaf axils, and in a small cluster at the top of the stem. Each stalklet is topped by three flowers, usually blooming at different times. Flowers have five notched lobes, ranging in color from deep purple pink to whitish pink, and contain a group of projecting pink stamens topped with split yellow anthers.