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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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 Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina
Origin: Tropical America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsPoisonous or toxicSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Perennial herb that reaches a height of 2-3 ft from a tuberous root. It produces beautiful flowers that usually open around 4 o'clock in the afternoon - hence its common name, four o'clocks. It is a popular ornamental plant grown worldwide for the beauty of its flowers (which can be white, red, pink, purple, yellow or multicolored) and their sweet fragrance. It was officially botanically recorded in 1753 although it already had long been distributed as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics of the world. In Brazil the plant is known as clavillia, maravilha, or bonina; in Peru it is known as jalapa or maravilla. The plant is used medicinally as well. Indigenous Peruvian people use a root decoction as a diuretic; the Shipibo-Conibo Indians put the flowers in baths to treat colds and flu. In Brazil, the Kayapo Indians inhale the powdered, dried flowers as a snuff for headaches, and use a root decoction to wash wounds and to treat such skin afflictions as leprosy. The Assuraní Indians in Brazil crush the seeds to use as a peppery condiment on foods, and grate the tuberous root into cold water and drink it for intestinal parasites. The tribal people of Orissa, India grind the roots of the plant into a paste with black pepper and take it orally for conjunctivitis. They also apply the juice of the leaves to fungal infections of the skin. Poisonous parts: Roots and seeds. Propagation by seeds is easy.


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 Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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The raised bulb can be grown like a caudex bonsai
Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Mirabilis jalapa, Mirabilis lindheimeri, Mirabilis dichotoma, Mirabilis odorata, Four o'clock plant, Clavillia, Jalap, Maravilla, Bonina

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Claudemir
Fortaleza/Ceará/Brazil
USDA Zone:tro
18 Mar 2006
I love this plant since I was child. But today I'm afraid because I have two cats. My question is: The seeds can die my cats? Please answer by mail.
Darlene
Readyville, TN 37149
USDA Zone:7
12 Sep 2005
Love your site! I have the dark red or magenta color of 4 o'clocks. They have been growing in our yard since I can recall as a child. They are beside our steps that lead to our front poarch and the aroma is intoxicating. And with that fragrance come the memories of a happy childhood. (I'm almost 50)
marina
buenos aires
4 May 2005
This plant is distributed all arround buenos aires.
If you visit buenos aires surely you will see it
dee peters
PHILA, PENNA
30 Jun 2004
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY I HAVE THE TROPICAL FOUR O CLOCK PLANT IN MY LAWN WHICH COMES UP FULLY EVERY YEAR. IT USUALLY LASTS UP UNTIL OCTOBER OR EARLY NOVEMBER IT STARTS TO DIE. I TAKE THE SEEDS AND THROW THEM IN THE LAWN AND THE CONTINUE TO BLOOM FULLY. I LOVE THEM BUT, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW CAN YOU PLANT THEM INSIDE OF A POT AND MAKE THEM A HANGING HOUSE PLANT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. OR IS IT JUST A SUMMER PLANT. ALSO, CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE IN PHILA, PA I CAN PURCHASE SEEDS OF FOUR O CLOCK! PLEASE RESPOND


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