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Sweet Four O'Clock

Mirabilis longiflora

Thomas Jefferson was sent seed of the "Sweet-scented Marvel of Peru" by Bernard McMahon in 1812. A native of the arid regions of the southwest and Mexico, the Sweet Four O'clock is an intriguing and unusual cousin of the more familiar South American Four O'clock, Mirabilis jalapa, and is as rare in gardens today as it was in 1812. It forms long, three- to four-inch, tubular white and purple flowers that produce a distinctively sweet perfume.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
white
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Winding Walk
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2003 Aug 14 to 2003 Oct 242004 Jul 19 to 2004 Oct 262005 Jul 28 to 2005 Oct 102006 Jul 20 to 2006 Oct 202007 Jun 25 to 2007 Oct 122008 Jun 24 to 2008 Oct 312009 Jul 10 to 2009 Oct 62011 Jun 28 to 2011 Sep 292012 Jun 30 to 2012 Oct 242013 Jun 6 to 2013 Oct 302014 Jul 17 to 2014 Oct 172015 Jun 15 to 2015 Oct 12016 Jun 17
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