|Scientific Name||Mirabilis jalapa||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MIJA|
|Common Name||Marvel of Peru, Common Four O'clock||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||19648|
|Family||Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock)||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Various soils on plains, pastures and disturbed areas; widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Plant: Much-branched, bushy, perennial 16 to 40 inches tall with erect to ascending stems; deep green, smooth foliage, somewhat sticky.
Leaves: Opposite, ovate to ovate deltoid with pointed tips and blunt or indented bases and smooth margins; 1-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches long and 3/4 to 3+ inches wide; slender petioles about half as long as the blades, uppermost blades nearly sessile.
Inflorescence: Several compact clusters with one to fifteen flowers on short stalks, and each cluster subtended by a pair of leaf-like bracts; rose-pink or yellow (sometimes white or striped) funnel-shaped flowers usually hairless, 1-1/4 to 2 inches long with 5 flared, notched flared lobes; 5 long stamens extending beyond the tube; pistil with one, long, threadlike style extending beyond the stamens and a rounded stigma.
Bloom Period: Spring to fall until frost; fragrant flowers usually open from late afternoon or at dusk, or earler on cloudy days.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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