Mirabilis jalapa

"Four o'clock flower"

Mirabilis jalapa

5 bulbs — £3.75

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Description

Mirabilis jalapa has a different timetable from most other plants. So much so that one of its common names is Four O’Clock Flower/Plant or just Four O'Clocks. This bushy perennial likes to sleep in late and only opens its flowers at about 4pm, keeping them open until the next morning. Meanwhile it emits the scent of vanilla into the evening and night sky!

The yellow, white, pink or sometimes red four o'clock flowers and are trumpet-shaped and bloom from early to mid-summer right through to autumn. Mirabilis jalapa has a long life and reproduces easily – so easily that it can be necessary to control it so it doesn’t escape your garden and compete with indigenous vegetation. Putting in that effort is however definitely worth it!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Mirabilis jalapa

  • Flower colour

    Red, pink, yellow, orange, white

  • Bulb size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    25 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Spreading

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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