Wild four o'clock

Mirabilis multiflora

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Wild four o'clock (Mirabilis multiflora)
Genus:  Mirabilis
Native to the southwestern U.S., California, and Mexico, wild four o'clocks cover themselves with hundreds of purple-pink, petunia-like blooms that open in unison in the afternoon or in the morning on cloudy days. Their musky fragrance attracts their primary pollinator, the hawkmoth. Grow in a border. xeric garden, or rock garden.  
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Abundant, fragrant flowers. U.S. native.
Care:  Grow in full sun and most any well-drained soil. Likes heat and needs little water once established.
Propagation:  Best started from seed, as it has a very long taproot. Soak seeds in warm water before sowing.
Problems:  Rusts, leaf spot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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