which goes by several names, including Marvel of Peru and the
botanical name Mirabilis
jalapa, is a no-fail
garden Flower. Most gardeners treat the bushy plants as annuals,
though they develop fleshy tubers in the south and come back year
after year. They grow to a manageable 2 to 3 feet in height, and
sport flowers in a fascinating variety of colors, including marbled
bi-colors. The Common name "four o?clock? came About because
the flowers habitually open in the late afternoon, remaining open
into the night. They are sweetly scented, and a favorite of
Four o?clocks thrive in full sun, but will
also tolerate some shade. Like many plants, they prefer fertile,
well-drained soil, but are tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
They flourish in the heat of summer. Approx. 25 Seeds/Pkg.