Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Flowers in the Afternoon

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What a sweet little flower!  Great in the garden and in bouquets, the four o’clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa) is currently blooming in the Display Gardens.

This variety is a bright magenta, but can be found in a range of colors and is said to have the ability to change colors (white to light violet or yellow to pink, etc.).  The annual gets its name from blooming late in the afternoon.  Height ranges from 12 to 24 inches.

In Latin, Mirabilis means wonderful and Jalapa is a town in Mexico.  It is said that the species was exported from the Peruvian Andes in the 1500’s and is now naturalized throughout South America in the tropical and warm temperate regions.  In USDA Zones 9-10, the plant will act as a perennial.  Four o’clocks have the possibility to reseed from year to year in Iowa gardens.

See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

August 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm

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