Named for its characteristic of blooming after 4pm, fast-growing Four O'Clock flourishes almost anywhere including hot, windy spots, and tolerates most soil types. Fragrant, tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Excellent as an annual hedge. Reseeds freely. Wonderful in barrels, tubs, or other large containers.
Botanical Name: Mirabilis jalapa
Native: Possibly Mexico
Hardiness: Tender perennial in USDA zones 9–11, usually grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 24″–48″ tall
Variety Information: 2″ long, 1″ wide tubular shaped flowers of crimson, red, scarlet, white, pink, and yellow.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost.
Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″–24″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″–24″