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mariarad Cypress, TX The Texas drought last year was a real bummer...BUT...some new plants are coming up this year that I've not seen before and this is one of them. This one is so pretty...what is it?
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victorengel Austin, TX Four o'clock, Mirabilis sp.
wormfood Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) I think I have a Nicotiana that looks like that
themoonhowl Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a) Hi Maria. The quick way to tell if it is Mirabilis...they open in late afternoon, smell divine and form black seeds the size of small peas.
Here is a pic of Mirabilis jalapa for comparison (leaves, stems and blooms)
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sallyg Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) I vote Mirabilis, because the plant above has opposite leaves near the buds. I think Nicotinana will be alternate.
mariarad Cypress, TX After studying the photos, I go with the Mirabilis. The flowers are so similar to the Nicotiana, but the leaves give it away to be Mirabilis.
Thank you all for your help and take care!
victorengel Austin, TX Time of flower opening is a poor indicator, in my opinion. The ones I've had here in Texas have not bloomed according to that schedule.
themoonhowl Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a) You are correct there Victor. My 4 o'clocks sometimes have a few blooms open all day, but the biggest flush of flowering is in the evening. And given the image and discussion, I do think Mirabilis is correct.
Hey Maria, how is the Blue Footed Ostrich tree doing? GRIN
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