Plant ID forum: Help identify a plant?

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May 25, 2014 10:54 PM CST
These are popping up in my flowerbed and around 2 oak trees in our yard. At first I thought they were weeds but then thought maybe they were something that the previous owners may have planted on purpose since they're not in the yard anywhere else (we've only been in our house since October.) Does anyone recognize what these are? Thanks in advance!
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Name: Danita
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May 26, 2014 12:21 AM CST
They look a lot like Four o'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)
Are you in zone 7 or warmer?

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Name: Hetty
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May 26, 2014 5:06 AM CST
Yes Welcome! and I agree; they are lovely but will spread a lot so you may want to give them an area where you allow them to grow and keep them out of the rest of the yard. As Danita said, it depends on your zone.

May 26, 2014 11:11 AM CST
I'm in San Antonio TX, which I believe is Zone 8? (I'm new to this!)
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May 26, 2014 11:36 AM CST
Welcome to ATP. Yes, looks like you are in Z8:
I agree, your plants are Mirabilis jalapa (4'o'clocks.)
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May 26, 2014 4:01 PM CST
You can have a love-hate relationship with 4 O'Clocks. They come back every year. The flowers smell divine. They can create a nice bush when planted together. They are healthy, full sun plants. However, they reseed VERY easily to the point some consider them invasive. Personally, I love them and find them easy enough to pull the ones that pop up where they are not wanted.

Wait and watch what they do for you for a season. You may come to love them as much as the previous homeowner.
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May 26, 2014 9:51 PM CST
I have a feeling that I will like these a helluva lot better than the wisteria that the previous owner must have adored! Haha! Thank you guys so much for helping me identify these, I was driving myself bonkers!

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