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Four O'clock, Marvel of Peru
Scientific Name: Mirabilis jalapa L.
Synonym: Mirabilis lindheimeri
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Four O'clock, Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-9,12-32 or store the roots in winter
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Killed to the ground by frost

Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

Origin: South America

Growth Habits: Perennial, 3 to 4 feet tall and wide (1.2 m); tap root; deep green leathery leaves

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Seeds, self sows, tuber division

The Marvel of Peru is poisonous.

Blooming Habits:
Red, yellow or white petunia-like flowers in summer to fall. The flowers open in mid to late afternoon and fade in the morning.

Soak the seeds in warm to hot water to accelerate the germination.

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