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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.

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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: 
August 14, 2003 to October 24, 2003July 19, 2004 to October 26, 2004July 28, 2005 to October 10, 2005July 20, 2006 to October 20, 2006June 25, 2007 to October 12, 2007June 24, 2008 to October 31, 2008July 10, 2009 to October 6, 2009June 28, 2011 to September 29, 2011June 30, 2012 to October 24, 2012June 6, 2013 to October 30, 2013July 17, 2014 to October 17, 2014June 15, 2015 to October 1, 2015June 17, 2016 to October 21, 2016July 26, 2017 to November 10, 2017July 18, 2018 to October 17, 2018July 15, 2019 to October 7, 2019

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