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Mirabilis Genus

Four o'clock flower

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Mirabilis genus (Four o'clock flower). There are about 50 species of annuals or herbaceous perennials. They will produce flowers which are often brightly coloured with a pleasant fragrance.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Fragrants

Other common names

Marvel-of-Peru, Umbrella wort

Origin

South America

Cultivation

They are half hardy and should be grown in a sheltered position in fertile, well drained soil. In colder climates the tubers of perennial species can be lifted and stored in a in frost-free place over winter like dahlias.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or division of tubers in early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs will damage plants.

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