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The red Four O'Clocks are really red red. With deep green glossy leaves, they make a dramatic show in full sun.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
SKU MJRDG

For a blaze of beautiful reds ever afternoon, plant this one. When frost threatens, you can dig the bulbous roots that will have formed, and save them (like dahlias or glads) for next spring.

About the Four O'Clocks or the "Marvel of Peru." This wonderful tropical wildflower has been gracing gardens for centuries. Your grandmother probably grew it, and knew the big secret of the older seeds. They are famous for rapid growth and producing glossy-leaved plants having flowers in several colors--on the same plant!

The names tell the story. The blooms open in the afternoon, thus the common name "Four O'Clock." And the botanical name, Mirabilis jalapa should tell you the plant comes from a Spanish-speaking area. "Mirabilis" means "wonderful" in Latin, and the Spanish-appearing "Jalapa" (the j is pronounced as an "h" in Spanish) is a town in Mexico.

Then there's that other common name: "Marvel of Peru." This exotic descriptive name tells you the plants grow wild in the Andes, and the "Marvel" part refers to the fact that they do produce flowers in several colors on the same plant. Seeds were sent to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 1500's.

In your garden, you have a choice of which color(s) you want to grow. Yes, the wild plants do have flowers in several colors, but they're rangy, somewhat weedy plants, too. The hybrids we plant today are organized by color and make neat, bushy growth, rarely over about 24."

The bulbous roots. Four O'clocks grow rapidly from seed, and another curious thing about this annual is that they quickly form a bulbous root, much like the common potato. In frost-free places (like Miami), they can be left in the ground year-round, and these big roots simply grow larger and larger over the years. Where there are freezes, the "bulbs" can be lifted in fall, and replanted in spring, giving you large, rapidly developing plants and lots of quick color.

Associated SKUs
MJRDG
MJRDQP (1/4 Pound)
MJRDLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Four O'Clock
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 181 sq ft.
1 lb covers 725 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 6,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To South America
Native To Latin America
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes

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5.0

Beautiful. Enough to share with neighbor

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from Rudy, Ar

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Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest Resistant
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Red:

    Beautiful bright red. Hummingbirds love them. Continues to bloom for months.

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    5.0

    Great results, beautiful color

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    from Hudson, Colorado

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    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

    • Not Heat Hardy

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds Red:

    I got alot of flowers growing out of this seed, it was wonderful. I've never gotten such good results from seed. They bloomed and grew very well in both containers and plots.

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