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PlantFiles: Four O'Clock, Marvel of Peru
Mirabilis jalapa 'Teatime'

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

Synonym:Mirabilis jalapa subsp. lindheimeri
Synonym:Mirabilis lindheimer

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative pjfrench On Aug 3, 2012, pjfrench from Orlando, FL wrote:

In Central Florida it self seed and spreads everywhere, and is perennial.

Neutral pirl On Jan 9, 2009, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bordering on invasive here. Every year I pull out more and more of them and it's getting to be a job.

Positive RedMolly On Nov 5, 2004, RedMolly from La Crescent, MN wrote:

these are incredibly hardy ... grows up here in So. MN, zone 3 a/b. reseeds freely

Positive onalee On Oct 6, 2004, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Four O'clocks are one of the hardiest and easiest flowers to grow and, I think the one of the most rewarding! They have the most wonderful fragrance in the evenings - I have them planted near my back porch so I can relax out there and enjoy the sweet aroma in the evenings. They also have a profusion of flowers from early spring to frost! They can take full sun or shade and dry conditions. New plants are easy to grow from seed and seeds are easy to harvest, being about the size of a pea. The hawkmoths and hummingbird moths LOVE these, and can be seen dashing from one flower to the next every evening during the summer. I can't say enough good about these wonderful flowers!


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Salem, Alabama
Elk Grove, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Jacksonville, Illinois
Davenport, Iowa
Lansing, Kansas
Calhoun, Louisiana
Bellaire, Michigan
La Crescent, Minnesota
Byhalia, Mississippi
Belton, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cicero, New York
Southold, New York
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Orrville, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bluffton, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Hurt, Virginia
Spokane, Washington

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