MIRABILIS jalapa (Four O'Clock, Broken Colors) - Bicolor Mix is a perennial flowering plant native to the Americas. The Bicolor Mix variety of Mirabilis jalapa refers to a mix of different bicolor flower combinations. Four O'Clock is a herbaceous perennial, but it is often grown as an annual in colder climates. It belongs to the Nyctaginaceae family.
Four O'Clock plants are bushy and can reach heights of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm). The leaves are simple and ovate, and they are typically green but can vary in color. The Bicolor Mix variety produces flowers in a wide range of colors and combinations. The most common bicolor combinations include pink and white, yellow and red, and red and white. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and have a pleasant fragrance. They open in the late afternoon and stay open until the next morning, hence the common name "Four O'Clock."
Four O'Clock typically blooms from mid-summer to fall, generally between July and October. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The flowers also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Four O'Clock thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is relatively adaptable and can grow in both cool and warm regions. Four O'Clock is known for its ability to tolerate drought conditions and can handle hot, dry summers.
Four O'Clock, with its diverse bicolor mix of flowers and its unique evening blooming habit, brings color and interest to the garden. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and low-maintenance nature make it a popular choice for gardeners looking for vibrant and fragrant summer blooms.
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Scientific Name: Mirabilis Jalapa
Common Name: Four O’clock, Broken Colors
Plant Type: Tender Perennial
Native Range: Tropical America
Height: 12-36 "
Spread: up to 36 "
Habitat: Garden and Waste Ground
Zone: 8 to 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Mid-Summer to late Summer
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Bumblebees and Humming birds
Flower Shape: trumpet like flower
Flower Color: White, Pink, Red or Bright Yellow
Moisture: Moist, Well Drained
Water Requirement: Medium, Average Water
Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Neutral, Alkaline
Uses: Beds and Borders, Ornamental, Rain Garden, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Walkways