MIRABILIS jalapa (Four O'Clock, White) is a perennial flowering plant native to the Americas. While it is most commonly known for its bicolor flowers and vibrant color combinations, there are also solid color varieties available, such as the White Four O'Clock. Four O'Clock is a herbaceous perennial, but it is often grown as an annual in colder climates. It belongs to the Nyctaginaceae family.
This plants are bushy and can reach heights of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm). The leaves are simple and ovate, typically green in color. The White Four O'Clock variety produces flowers in a pure, solid white color. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and have a pleasant fragrance. They open in the late afternoon and stay open until the next morning, giving the plant its common name "Four O'Clock."
The flower 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 plants are popular for their attractive and fragrant flowers. The White Four O'Clock variety brings a touch of elegance and simplicity to the garden with its pure white blooms. They are often used as ornamental plants in borders, flower beds, and container gardens.
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Scientific Name: Mirabilis Jalapa
Common Name: Four O’clock, White
Plant Type: Tender Perennial
Native Range: Tropical America
Height: 12 " to 36 "
Spread: up to 30 "
Habitat: Garden, Waste Ground, Roadsides
Zone: 1 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun/ Light Shade
Blooming Season: Spring to Summer
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs and Humming birds
Flower Shape: trumpet like flower
Flower Color: White
Moisture: Dry /Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium, Average Water
Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: 6.2-7.2
Uses: Beds and Borders, Ornamental, Rain Garden, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Walkways