Four O’Clocks?Posted: September 24, 2013
I think not!
Six O’Clocks is more like it. These plants are on their own schedule. None the less, they provide color in the garden late in the day when many of the other residents are closing down for the night.
Four O’Clock flowers (Mirabilis jalapa) are about the size of a quarter and multiple ones open every evening all over the plant. They have a very pleasant scent that will continue if plucked off and brought inside. Four O’Clocks are great passalong plants and easily reseed. In the South they grow a tuber and are heat and drought tolerant perennials. The Aztecs grew them in Mexico and the flowers made their way to Europe in the 1500’s.