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Four O'Clock 'Salmon Sunset'

Mirabilis jalapa

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

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

San Francisco, California

Cambridge, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Merryville, Louisiana

Waterville, Maine

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Gap, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 10, 2017, Aliza65 from Gap, PA wrote:

This is one of my favorite annuals here in Zone 6b Pennsylvania. They grow very quickly from seed, and mine normally reach heights of about 3 1/2 feet. Some get so top heavy I have to stake them. The pink/apricot color is very impressive. A great plant for a night garden. The hummingbirds also seem to like them in the evenings. They don't seem very picky about soil or water. Mine re-seed like crazy and I end up having an abundance to share or plant elsewhere for the following year. If planting, I would make sure to plant them where you definitely want to have them, as seedlings will pop up the following year all summer long.

Positive

On Dec 26, 2011, sher_garden from Coraopolis, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My grandmother in Cambridge IA grew these plants on the south side of her home. She always had several colors-red,pink,yellow and white.

I purchased seeds in 2011 and this year only saw the yellow color in the summer, but in late summer some of the plant blooms started to change color to white. Both color blooms were on the plant at the same time. Also it is one of the last plants that are killed by frost.

I hope it self seeds as well, but I am planting more this coming year.

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