Shades of Four O’ clock flower

You are truly time lover flower. I am Impressed, you have so many fancy names and colors in various countries. The one of most popular name is 4 o’ clock – I have observed you personally through out the day, you love to play many wonders especially in the evening time. Each evening you comes with a surprise as the flowers love to reveal its magical color in the night time….
You are true to show magnificent colors in groups of 2 to 7 flowers that bloom under the presence of mild sun light. We can enjoy your lovely presence as flowers opens in the afternoon, typically holds variations of colors white, pink and red. The special thing about you is that you hold different combinations of flowers that are growing on the single 4 o ‘ clock plant.
As your name indicates, Marvel- of -Peru or beauty -of- the -night, is an ornamental annual plant that can grow easily upto 2 meter tall. Being a member of Mirabilis that is a Latin word and means wonderful. The trumpet shaped flowers are ready to open in mid afternoon and remained open till next morning.

Key points :
• Scientific Name : Mirabilis jalapa
• Family : bougainvillea
• Native areas : south America
• Plant type : annual or perineal
• Height : 3 to 6 feet
• Sunlight : Full sun
• Blooming season : June until Frost
• Blooming colors : yellow, white, red, pink and magenta colors.
• Water requirements : medium
• Maintenance : average
• Soil conditions : clay, loam and sandy
• Soil drainage : well drained and moist
• Flower type : showy and full of fragrance
• Main attraction : hummingbirds
• Propagation : by seed
• Common names – Japanese wonder flower, Four O’clock, beauty of the night, Marvel of Peru, Gul Abbas in Hindi

Written by Jyoti Thakur on .

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