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PlantFiles: Texas Four O'clock
Mirabilis texensis

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mirabilis (mih-RAB-ih-liss) (Info)
Species: texensis (teck-SEN-sis) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nonnee4 On Oct 15, 2007, nonnee4 from Beaumont, TX wrote:

A friend gave me seed from her plants to start my garden. It took several attempts of soaking the seed overnight then placing the seed in pots before I had plants. My varieties are yellow flowered which love morning sun and some afternoon shade and red flowered that do better with morning sun and more afternoon shade. The seeds are easy to collect. They self-sow and transplanting the young plants is easy to do. Both do well in our hot Texas climate and do not require a lot of babying. They flower well into the fall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Beaumont, Texas
Houston, Texas

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