This is very common in southern California and forms quite large, low clumps cf rather yellowish green, sticky and hairy foliage, sprinkled with numbers of bright little flowers, opening in the afternoon. The base is woody and the weak, hairy stems are supported on bushes, as if climbing over them. The leaves are rather thick, about an inch long, and the flowers are open bell-shaped, about three-quarters of an inch across, usually magenta, but often pink of various shades, sometimes quite pale in tint with long stamens drooping to one side, and the involucre is often purplish and very hairy and sticky. The effect at a distance is gay and attractive, though the plant is not quite so pretty close by.

Hesperonia glutinosa var. gracilis. California Four o'clock H.Californica

Hesperonia glutinosa var. gracilis. California Four o'clock H.Californica. FOUR-O'CLOCK FAMILY. Nyctaginaceae.