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Four O'Clocks

Sometimes called "Marvel of Peru," these bulbs will produce low-growing, bushy plants with flowers in several colors on the same plant. (Mirabilis jalapa)

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Details:

Height: 20-24" tall
Bulb Spacing: 10 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Early summer until frost
Zones: 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Four O'Clocks, Mirabilis jalapa, Four O'Clocks
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Details
SKU 27BULB5
Common Name Four O'Clocks
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa
Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Mixed
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Bulb Spacing 10 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 2-3" deep
Bloom Time Early summer until frost
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to Grow
Additional Information Can be grown as annuals in zones 2-6.
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Here's a favorite from your grandmother's garden. Four O'Clocks are world famous, and sometimes called the 'Marvel of Peru'. They are native in Peru, and the 'Marvel' part is because these short, bushy plants open lovely tubular flowers in several colors--the same plant may have two or three colors in bloom at any given time. These fascinating flowers can be grown from seed, but with our bulbs (which form in time when you plant the seed), they grow much more quickly, giving you months more of the flowers. Simply lift the bulbs in fall like dahlias, and replant for more flowers the next spring.
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4.7

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Best Uses

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    • Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Beautiful

By 

from Mill Hall,PA

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Very Full Of Growth

Cons

  • Pests & Disease

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

Have not had these flowers in years, they are just as I remembered them, absolutely beautiful

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
4.0

lots of flowers

By 

from Dallas, PA

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

    large attractive bush

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Look great, wish there were more colors

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    from Wilmington, DE

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

      These bloom in the afternoon and evening, as described. 3 out of 5 bulbs came up this year, but only colors were yellow and white. Was hoping to see pink or red as well.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gorgeous plants

      By 

      from Texas, zone 8B

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Almost Neon Colors
      • Grew And Bloomed Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

          I wanted some new colors of 4 O'Clocks, and this product really delivered! Large healthy tubers in this wonderful collection produced some solids with an overlay of color giving a fluorescent look to it, as well as plants that have mixed colors on each individual flower.

          After planting, they emerged from the ground almost overnight and quickly turned into a small shrubs literally covered in flowers. So far this is my favorite purchase from American Meadows.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Fabulous!

          By 

          from Houston, TX

          Pros

          • Colorful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

              Beautiful! I only wish I could pick the color.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best way to start four o'clock

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              from Indianapolis

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                    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

                    To fill in an area slightly late in the season and add color to the front yard. Butterflys and humming birds came. do not have any cons.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet smelling night bloomers --yum !

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                    from Westfield , MA

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                    Pros

                    • Big Healthy Tubers

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • In A Night Scented Garden

                    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

                    Most companies only sell seeds for this variety- yours had the BIG tubers which make for a larger faster growing plant-- They are still blooming into early October-- we plan to dig them up and store them for Winter in the cellar-- they were bushy and healthy- I am so glad I found your company . This was a gift for my husband who grows a scented evening-blooming garden with many varieties that we can enjoy on hot Summer nights-- these performed WAAAY beyond our expectations !! Thank you so much ! I look forward to see what you have for next year !

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    5.0

                    Truly Marvels!

                    By 

                    from Julesburg, CO

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                    Pros

                    • BEAUTIFUL
                    • Easy to Grow
                    • Flowers Last All Summer
                    • I Use In Borders
                    • Low-water

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Borders
                    • Space In Flower Beds
                    • Useful In Poor Soil

                    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

                    I use these plants to 'hold space' between mum plantings in a border. They provide non-stop color until frost when the chrysanthemums provide color. Four o'Clocks will reseed themselves. Unfortunately in my climate (zone 3) they are not a perennial.
                    Next year I will expand their use to an area that has in the past grown terrific weeds. The four o'clocks will provide an excellent alternative if I'm careful about clearing the weeds. I love these plants for their beauty and ease.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Always a winner

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                    from Aurora, IL

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                    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

                    Easy to grow and they re-seed themselves....nice bushy annual.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Gorgeous plant

                    By 

                    from Reno, NV

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clocks:

                    Bloomed within a few months of planting. Grew so tall I had to stake it! I haven't seen different bloom colors on the same plant, but the magenta, pink and yellow blooms on the individual plants are beautiful

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                    Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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