FOTD – March 4 – 4 O’Clock Flower (Mirabilis jalapa)

This is another one of the plants in my garden that i never water, give no care or treatment to and yet consistently thrives and gives beautiful flowers for ages, year in, year out.

The Mirabilis jalapa (Mirabilis is latin for ‘miraculous, wonderful’) is also known as the Marvel of Peru and was cultivated by the Aztecs for medicinal as well as it’s ornamental properties. The long tube-like flowers open up in the late afternoon around 4 – 8 o’clock, hence it’s name, and give off a sweet perfume throughout the night before closing up for good in the morning and eventually dropping off the plant, but not before more buds have opened each day from the same shoot.

Mine are this deep pink but they can come in white and yellow as well as orange and can be any combination in variegation. One plant can have different coloured flower combinations. They truly are miraculous. 🙂

They tend to die down in winter but as they drop a prolific number of round, black seeds from each fertilised flower, they always rebloom once the warm weather arrives.

(Click on pic to open in a new window and click again to see enlarged detail!) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - 4 Oclock flower1

lovewillbringustogether - 4 Oclock flower3The tubes about to open in the evening.

lovewillbringustogether - 4 Oclock flower23 of the same tubes, after closing earlier the next day with 2 new tubes open for the night and 2 more to come. Photo’s were taken a little over 24 hours apart.


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Cee’s Flower of the Day – March 4, 2019 – Bearded Iris




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