Mirabilis jalapa

Four O'Clocks, Four OClocks, Marvel Of Peru

In Stock: 4.332 lb (Total:4.597lb)
  • Mirabilis jalapa

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4.33 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
4.33 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: Sow seeds in the spring inside a greenhouse - said to germinate easily. 

Introducing Mirabilis jalapa, also known as the Four O'Clock flower or Marvel of Peru. This beautiful ornamental plant is the most commonly grown species of Mirabilis and is available in a range of colors. The name "Mirabilis" means wonderful in Latin, and "Jalapa" refers to a town in Mexico. Known for its fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, this plant can produce an array of colors including red, pink, yellow, white, or variously mottled with different color combinations. Its common name comes from the flowers opening in late afternoon, producing a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance throughout the night. Mirabilis jalapa is grown as a perennial in tropical areas and an annual in cold regions. The tubers, which can weigh as much as 40 pounds in the tropics, can be lifted in the fall in the manner of dahlias. This plant is easy to grow in full sun and well-draining soil. It is native to tropical America but has become naturalized in many countries in Asia, Africa, United States, Middle East, and Europe. Mirabilis jalapa has many uses including being used in food coloring, as an edible crimson dye, and in herbal medicine. Get ready to marvel at the beauty of this plant in your garden!

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