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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Four O'Clock Mix

 

Regular Price: $11.98

Sale $8.99

per Bag of 5 You save: 25%
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Four O'Clocks, sometimes called 'Marvel of Peru', are low-growing, bushy plants with flowers that bloom in several colors on the same plant - often on the same trailing stem. Four O'Clocks tolerate average-to-poor soils beautifully, making them a favorite for sun and part-sun sites that haven't gotten much attention in the past. Blooms open every afternoon (around 4 o'clock) and have closed by the next morning. (Mirabilis jalapa)

Zones 3 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Containers
Containers
Great for Mass Plantings
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing10 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 5
SKU 27BULB5

Plant Information

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.
SKU 27BULB5
Common Name Four O'Clock Mix
Botanical Name Mirabilis jalapa Mix
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Mixed
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Green arrow-shaped foliage.
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing 10 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 5" deep.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Flower Size 2" flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Containers, Great for Mass Plantings
Additional Information Perennial in zones 7-10. Annual in zones 3-6.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Bulbs and seeds are poisonous if ingested.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsFour O'Clock Mix
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (9)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5), Getting started (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So easy, never had luck before growing 4 o'clocks

By 

from Seattle

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

      I had tried to grow 4 o'clocks from seed many times before & never had luck. I didn't know you could bare root or bulbs to start from. I got a bag of them free as a bonus 2 years ago. They all came up, I moved some to a front garden bed & they have been reseeding now on their own. Easy, very pretty. I only got white & yellow flowers, but there are so many I can share with friends.

       
      5.0

      4 O'Clock roots

      By 

      from Dubuque IA

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

          Roots took off great right after planting as per directions.
          Had 4 O'Clocks at childhood home, I'm very pleased!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Beautiful and as a Bonus, Deadly to Japanese Beetles

          By 

          from Monroe, NJ

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • In NJ pull the tubers for winter.

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pest Control

          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

          Second year in a row to buy these tubers. The produce large healthy plants consistantly. These were part of an organic approach to japanese beetle control as a trap plant and worked very well. this year i put them in pots to be able to shift to where beetle infestations were worst. But they also produced a ton of pretty blooms from june onward that native insects just loved.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          4.0

          Quick and easy

          By 

          from New Mexico

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Fragrant
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • All One Color

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

          They are certainly faster and more vigorous than what you grow from seed. Mine were planted at the same time as I planted from seed and the ones from seed are still several weeks out from blooming whereas those from tubers have already begun. (They are all in the same bed) The only thing I was a bit sad about was that all of mine came out to be yellow and I expected a mix. The scent is lovely though, and I'm pleased.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          These were amazing!

          By 

          from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Pool Area

            Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

            These popped fast and were HUGE! I actually had to move them to the back of my flower bed because you couldn't see anything else. They handled the transplanting very well. Had to use plant rings to keep them from falling over. GORGEOUS!

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            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful, dependable flowers for dry and poor soild.

            By 

            from Julesburg, Colorado

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors
              • Patio

              Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

              I purchase these every year, since unfortunately, they're not perennials in my area. Furthermore, I give them to friends and family for a reliable, attractive, bushy plant. They do reseed themselves, but I find the way I purchase them works best of all.

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              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Beautiful

              By 

              from Mill Hall,PA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Pests & Disease

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

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

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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'Clock Mix:

                large attractive bush

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Look great, wish there were more colors

                By 

                from Wilmington, DE

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                  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

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous plants

                  By 

                  from Texas, zone 8B

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                  Pros

                  • Almost Neon Colors
                  • Grew And Bloomed Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                      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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Fabulous!

                      By 

                      from Houston, TX

                      Pros

                      • Colorful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                          Beautiful! I only wish I could pick the color.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best way to start four o'clock

                          By 

                          from Indianapolis

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                          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                          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

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Sweet smelling night bloomers --yum !

                          By 

                          from Westfield , MA

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Big Healthy Tubers

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • In A Night Scented Garden

                          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                          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

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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'Clock Mix:

                          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

                          By 

                          from Aurora, IL

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

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

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Gorgeous plant

                          By 

                          from Reno, NV

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Comments about American Meadows Four O'Clock Mix:

                          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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                          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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