Mirabilis or four-o-clock

It is an old garden favorite that features fragrant, funnel-shaped, tubular flowers (2” long) with five flaring petal-like lobes.

 

Flowers blooms from early/mid-summer to fall. Flowers come in pink, rose, red, magenta, yellow and white, sometimes with interesting mottling and striping. Different colored flowers often appear on the same plant. Flowers open in the late afternoon (around four o’clock) and stay open only until the following morning

 

Tuberous rooted tender perennial that is winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11. In Northern states, it is usually grown as a warm weather annual, though tubers may be dug in fall. It is easily grown in average, consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Set out tubers or overwintered tubers after last frost date.

 

Tuberous roots may be dug in fall and stored overwinter in a barely moist medium in a cool dry corner of the basement or frost-free garage. The main advantage to digging the tubers is that plants tend to flower much better from established roots.

 


 

Hardiness zone: 9 to 11

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Bloom Time: June to frost

Bloom Description: Pink, rose, red, magenta, yellow, white

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Annual, Rain Garden

Flower: Showy

Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Wet Soil

 

 

 

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