Four O' Clock 'Stars & Stripes'

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: Stars & Stripes

Category:

Annuals

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mission Viejo, California

Pensacola, Florida

Chillicothe, Illinois

Carmel, Indiana

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Gresham, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 4, 2021, Theropod from Sydney,
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very invasive. Pops out everywhere in my garden and then it dies back in the winter. Not sure why as we're in zone 10a. I'm only giving it a neutral rating because the flowers are beautiful and nicely fragrant. So they "save" the plant. I would prefer if this were a hardy shrub that never dies back, really, and/or if it wasn't that weedy.

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 Questa, NM (Zone 5b) 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.

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