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Four O'Clock Seeds White

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1/4 Pound
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1 Pound
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Quick Overview

The pristine white Four O'Clocks make wonderful evening blooming plants, and are favorites for "White Gardens."

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Details
SKU MJWHG
Common Name Four O'Clock
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Estimated Mature Height 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 6,000
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To South America
Native to Latin America
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Suggested Uses Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms, Easy to Grow
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
For a blizzard of beautiful white flowers in the 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.

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4.0

Love them! Thanks.

By peony

from ne Pa.

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Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Erosion Control
    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds White - 1/4 LB:

    Great product. Good producer. lots of flowers.

     
    5.0

    Performed beautifully! Even in Nevada.

    By Big Al

    from Dayton, NV

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Fragrant
    • Long Bloom Time

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        Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Seeds White - 1/4 LB:

        I planted in mid May, and we had 2 good frosts after planting. I expected losses, but didn't notice any. My yard at night smells like Heaven!

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