Four O'clocks, Marvel of Peru ( Mirabilis )

Gardening Information
Also called marvel-of-Peru, four-o'-clock opens in the late afternoon on sunny days, greeting you at tea time. These tropical natives were brought to Europe in the 16th century by conquistadors returning from South America. Early European settlers brought them to North America a century later.

Features: Attractive Flowers, Attractive Foliage, Fragrant Night Blooming Flowers. Good for containers, flowerbeds or borders. Good cutflower. Use in combination with flowering tobacco, globe amaranth ( 'Strawberry Fields'), strawflower and cosmos.

Care: Deadhead daily, and remove discolored foliage to maintain a tidy appearance. Where hardy, mulch in winter. In Zones 7 and colder, dig up tubers in fall (after frost blackens foliage), and store in boxes of sand or peat in a cool, frost-free location.

Plant in spring. Choose a sunny site with moist, well-drained soil, and amend with compost or well-rotted manure. Set plants at the same depth they were in pot, spacing them at a distance equal to their mature spread. Water after planting, and mulch to conserve moisture. Or direct sow after danger of frost has passed.
Maintain uniform moisture all season. Apply a balanced, soluble fertilizer weekly, following label directions.

NB40 Country Garden Mix Four O Clocks ( Mirabilis )
Continuous blooming 2" tubular flowers in bright colors, grows 24" tall, blooms in 8 week from seed.
  10 seeds $1.95
NB41 Tea Time Red Four O Clocks ( Mirabilis )
Wonderful red color. Continuous blooming 2" tubular flowers in bright colors, grows 24" tall, blooms in 8 week from seed.
  10 seeds $1.95
NB42 Tea Time Rose Four O Clocks ( Mirabilis )
Very warm rose color, teeming with blooms. Continuous blooming 2" tubular flowers in bright colors, grows 24" tall, blooms in 8 week from seed.
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NB43 Tea Time Mix Four O Clocks ( Mirabilis )
A good mix of the Tea Time colors, teeming with blooms. Continuous blooming 2" tubular flowers in bright colors, grows 24" tall, blooms in 8 week from seed.
  10 seeds $1.95