Four O' Clock
Mirabilis jalapa 'Stars & Stripes'

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mirabilis (mih-RAB-ih-liss) (Info)
Species: jalapa (juh-LAP-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Stars & Stripes

Category:

Annuals

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Purple

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Mission Viejo, California

Pensacola, Florida

Chillicothe, Illinois

Carmel, Indiana

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Gresham, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 7, 2010, fsuannie from Brooksville, FL wrote:

This plant is a winner so long as you don't mind how readily it reseeds. New ones pop up everywhere ! It has a beautiful scent that fills the late afternoon air.

Neutral

On Apr 14, 2009, Sofonisba from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Pinetree Gardens says this about 'Stars & Stripes':

A quite different Four O'Clock. Most of the blooms are striped bi-colors so when it opens it produces a very dramatic effect. Includes shades of yellow, rose, red, and white.