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Four o’clocks

Mirabilis jalapa

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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.

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

PropagationDivide tubers in spring.

ProblemsWhite rust, brown rust, and leaf spot.

  • Genus : Mirabilis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red, White, Yellow
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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