Four o'clocks

Mirabilis jalapa

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)
meer-AB-ill-iss jah-LAH-pah
Genus:  Mirabilis

This bushy perennial has oval, deep green leaves on branched stems. In summer, blooms appear: fragrant red, pink, magenta, yellow or white flowers with a delicate, faded-vanilla aroma. Flowers open in late afternoon and die by morning.

Care: 

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Protect with a mulch or lift tubers in winter where marginally hardy. Protect from excessive winter moisture.

Propagation: 

Divide tubers in spring.

Problems: 

White rust, brown rust, and leaf spot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Greenery,
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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