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Four O'clock, Marvel of Peru
Scientific Name: Mirabilis jalapa L.
Synonym: Mirabilis lindheimeri
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Four O'clock, Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis  jalapa)
Picture by Curtis Botanical
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-9,12-32 or store the roots in winter
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Killed to the ground by frost

Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

Origin: South America

Growth Habits: Perennial, 3 to 4 feet tall and wide (1.2 m); tap root; deep green leathery leaves

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Seeds, self sows, tuber division

The Marvel of Peru is poisonous.

Blooming Habits:
Red, yellow or white petunia-like flowers in summer to fall. The flowers open in mid to late afternoon and fade in the morning.

Fruiting Habits:

Soak the seeds in warm to hot water to accelerate the germination.

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