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.