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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors


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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 9:49 PM

"Mirabilis is a genus of plants in the family Nyctaginaceae known as the four o'clocks. The best known species may be Mirabilis jalapa, the plant most commonly called four o'clock.

There are several dozen species in the genus, of herbaceous plants, mostly found in the Americas. Some form tuberous roots that enable them to perennate through dry and cool seasons. They have small, deep-throated flowers, often fragrant.

Although best known as ornamental plants, at least one species, mauka (M. expansa), is grown for food."

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Posted by Zazinnia (SC - Zone 8a) on May 15, 2015 12:48 PM

In zone 8, my white one reseeds to the point of being weedy. My other colors are better behaved. Would love the yellow (which showed up on its own) to throw me a baby. Even the smaller ones can have tubers as big as a medium-sized potato. The smell is subtle to me and very pleasant.

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