Wild Four O'Clock, Angel's Trumpets, Fairy Trumpets

Mirabilis longiflora

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mirabilis (mih-RAB-ih-liss) (Info)
Species: longiflora (lon-jee-FLO-ruh) (Info)



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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly


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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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


Eureka, California

Richmond, California

Brooksville, Florida

Carrollton, Georgia

Denison, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Earleville, Maryland

Ellicott City, Maryland

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

North Augusta, South Carolina

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 22, 2013, victorianblu from Eureka, CA wrote:

Grown in large container using well draining organic soil medium with plant reaching 6' plus. I have grown these in both partial sun and full sun...both ways have resulted in a good flower yield.The leaves are a heart shape with a somewhat sticky underside that tends to trap unsuspecting insects( think leaves of Nicotiana) . The plant blooms in late summer/early fall here on the Northwest Coast. The flowers open up in the early eve & have a unique sweet scent. The seeds are of good size( about 9-10 mm) have added a photo of the seeds for those interested. A big plus for anyone that has issues with deer...they won't touch em.


On Jul 17, 2010, tardis from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I agree with angele - this plant is a hardy perennial here in zone 7(b). It also reseeds readily. The fragrance is indescribable, an amalgam of honeysuckle and Datura with spicy hints of sandalwood and black pepper. Lovely plant.


On Aug 11, 2009, angele wrote:

The hardiness zone (9) listed for this plant is not correct. This plant is found growing wild in the mountains near my home and I have grown this plant from seed. It is hardy in zone 7. A vendor that has this plant for sale also lists it as hardy to zone 7.
I think the flowers and foliage are absolutely gorgeous.


On Sep 4, 2008, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

easily grown from seed, grew well in a container, flowers at night with a heavenly scent. Can be staked to grow up tall or allowed to sprawl naturaly.


On Dec 4, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

The tubers of this plant overwintered in my garden this past winter, which is zone 7a with no special protection.


On Sep 10, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wild Four O'Clock, Angel's Trumpets, Mirabilis longiflora, is native to Texas and other States.


On Jun 25, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Per wildflowers of Tucson, Arizona
Scientific Name: Mirabillis longiflora
Common Name: Sweet Four O'Clock, Maravilla
Flower Color:White to pale pink
Plant Type: Herb, Perennial
Height: To 5 feet tall
Notes: The tubular flowers are 6" long or more and have a magenta center and curling,magenta stamens that project up to 2" beyond the flowers. The leaves are green, opposite, and ovate to heart-shaped. These noturnal floweres Bloom July to SEptember in rocky, foothill canyons.

I would certainly like to have some of these!