Plant ID forum: Is this a Four o' Clock of some kind?

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 24, 2014 1:35 PM CST
Rarely go into the alley, so this one came as a surprise. And generated some dismay, too--my neighbor's fence isn't all that sturdy. Hilarious! Opinions?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 24, 2014 2:51 PM CST
Yep, definitely looks like Four o'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) They can get quite tall here in Florida and I'm sure in Texas too.
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Paul2032
Oct 24, 2014 2:55 PM CST
I haven't seen them grow like that but we don't have long seasons. I was wondering if it is some kind of a honeysuckle......
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greene
Oct 24, 2014 3:09 PM CST
Yep, Four O'Clock.
As for the fence; if good fences make good neighbors, um, well, good luck with that.
Maybe once you have your yard looking really good your neighbor won't need the fence anymore. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 24, 2014 3:26 PM CST
May be Honeysuckle ... I can't see the leaves real clearly but the buds and blooms and growth habit sure remind me of Mirabilis.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Oct 24, 2014 4:13 PM CST
It has definitive stems rather than vines. The height surprised me. So. Probably Four o' Clock. When it cools down next week, will go cut off the part draped over the neighbor's fence. The database says it's beneficial for a lot of critters, I'll leave the rest for them until it freezes.

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