Marvel of Peru

Mirabilis jalapa

How to plant Four o'clock seeds

Bushy, erect 2 ft. tall plants produce fragrant, 2 in. trumpet shaped flowers in a wide range of attractive colors. Will flower from midsummer until frost with the flowers opening in the mid-afternoon in most areas. In the Deep South, flowers open at sunset. Flowers remain open all night, filling the air with their spicy perfume.

Place near porches, decks or windows, where the flower's intoxicating vanilla scent can be best enjoyed. Winter hardy to zone 8, plants will bloom the first season and are grown as annuals in zones 7 and below. Roots can be dug and overwintered like dahlias.

MARBLES SERIES Four O' Clock Seeds

Many varying patterns of striking two-tone stripes adorn the wonderfully fragrant flowers. Vigorous, bushy 2-3 ft. tall plants flower throughout the warm season.

Four O'clock Marbles White-Red - Mirabilis jalapa PR01262


Brilliant white flowers striped carmine red make for a bold contrast. A Fleuroselect Approved Novelty. Seed is of the highest quality, provided directly from the breeder.

25 seeds - $2.49

Four O'clock Marbles Yellow-Red - Mirabilis jalapa PR01264


Bicolor flowers become multicolor when soft orange-yellow marbles together with carmine red to make tangerine-pink in subtle stripes and speckles.

25 seeds - $2.49

Four O'clock Bicolors Mix - Mirabilis jalapa PR02671

BICOLORS MIX Four O'Clock Seeds

Fragrant, red, rose, pink, yellow, and white blooms splashed or marbled in cerise and pink.

25 seeds - $ 1.99

Four O'clock Salmon Sunset - Mirabilis jalapa PR01261

SALMON SUNSET Four O'Clock Seeds

Extremely fragrant salmon flowers, with pink central stars. 'Salmon Sunset' Four O' Clocks grow vigorously to 3 ft. tall.

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How to Plant and Grow Four O'Clock

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Four O'Clock Seeds: Soak seed in water 72 hours prior to sowing , make sure to change water daily. Direct sow into prepared seed beds in groups of 3-4 seeds spaced 18-24 in. apart. Thin to the strongest plant.

Grow Four O'Clock: Full or part sun. Any soil with good drainage. Better bloom with moderate to regular water. Forms black, carrot-like roots. In zones 7 and below tuberous roots can be dug after the first fall frost and stored in a dry, dark location like dahlias. Flowers attract butterflies, spectacular moths, and hummingbirds. Plants resist drought, rabbits and deer. Flowers are fragrant, open in response to temperature. As the day becomes cooler, flowers open and will remain open until the next morning.