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PlantFiles: Four O' Clock
Mirabilis jalapa 'Stars & Stripes'

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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

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive fsuannie 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 Sofonisba On Apr 14, 2009, Sofonisba from Beacon, NY (Zone 7a) 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.

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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