Mirabilis multiflora

Wild Four O'clock

 
  • Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Regular Price: $10.99

Sale $8.79

per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
High Impact - Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 70345

Details

15-18" tall x 48-72" wide (seed propagated). In its full afternoon glory, Wild Four O'clock has few rivals. A mature plant will have hundreds of magenta-pink flowers open at one time! This short grass prairie wildflower is one of our most xeric species with an enormous, deep-growing taproot. Plant it in any soil, even clay, where it will get plenty of sun and heat. Once established, it grows best when given very little extra irrigation.
SKU 70345
Common Name Wild Four O'clock
Botanical Name Mirablis multiflora
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 15-18" tall
Mature Spread 48-72" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), High Impact - Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensMirabilis multiflora
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (10)
  • Outdoors (4)
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    • Avid gardener (8)
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    • Personal (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Drought-tolerant, beautiful flowers

I planted four of these in a dry area away from the house. They were slow to sprout. Two have bloomed and the flowers were beautiful. the problem is that they have been...Read complete review

I planted four of these in a dry area away from the house. They were slow to sprout. Two have bloomed and the flowers were beautiful. the problem is that they have been attacked multiple times by bunnies, despite liberal use of rabbit repellant. This plant has wonderful potential, but if I plant more I will plant them close to the house where there is less of a bunny problem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad luck growing this

I have ordered this for several years. I finally got one to grow, and I thing the ones I planted summer 2014 may come back in 2015. I garden almost exclusively with native...Read complete review

I have ordered this for several years. I finally got one to grow, and I thing the ones I planted summer 2014 may come back in 2015. I garden almost exclusively with native plants and usually have great luck. For some reason, this plant does not seem to like it in my yard. Have tried it in several loations on my 2-1/2 acres. However, I am DETERMINED to grow this!

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5.0

Great Plant

By 

from Albuquerque (North Valley)

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

    It took me a few tries to get this beauty to work. Indeed sometimes I thought I was planting dead worms. I think some extra water at the start finally helped. Now it forms the backbone of my garden. Although it comes up late, it rapidly fills in and had no trouble with the two months we had of 100-degree heat. It started blooming late June and is still going strong in mid-September​, looking beautiful in front of my goldenrod and Dark Lady asters. It has also self-seeded this summer, not in an aggressive way, but just enough to move to fill in blank spots and share with friends. I have it growing on four inches of compost that was dumped on top of my impenetrable clay.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful plant

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    from Louisville, CO

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

      This is a beautiful plant. I get hundreds of flowers on this every afternoon through the summer. My plant gets larger every year. I pretty much never water it now that it is established and it always looks great.

      I did my first plant. You need to be careful about watering it in the beginning.

      This plant also is slow to come to life in the spring. Every year at the beginning of June I always am thinking did the Mirabilis Multiflora die over the winter? Nope. It is just slow to get going each spring. So plan to be patient and don't give up hope. During the heat of the summer you will be happy you have it.

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      4.0

      Mirabilis it is

      By 

      from St. George, Southern Utah

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Fast Growing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

        This plant arrived with no greenery. Just a root in a pot. I was doubtful but planted it and before I knew it, this plant was up and growing.
        The flowers are bright and do open like the more traditional, no desert Four-o-clocks I'm used to back east.
        But this one needs a lot less water and enjoys the bright sun. It does get some afternoon shade in my garden, so I don't know how it'd fare with all day sun, but it grows fast and is covered in blooms each evening.
        I can't attest to hardiness since it hasn't gone through a winter here yet but I do hope it comes back.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth the wait

        By 

        from Cascade, MT

        About Me Master Gardener

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

          It took a couple of tries to get this plant to establish but it was worth the wait. A plant in its second season was huge this year. Covered in flowers for a long time. I put it in a south exposure, in an area with silty, well drained soil.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Still waiting, but hopeful

          By 

          from Pendleton, OR

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          Pros

          • Hardy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Lawn
            • Outdoors

            Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

            I ordered this for spring planting in 2015 and it arrived dormant. I planted it and nothing happened, so I ordered a replacement. I planted the second one and decided to give it a chance, then promptly forgot about it. At the end of the summer, while pruning back some garden plants, I discovered it had finally grown. I'm hoping it will reappear next spring and actually bloom.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Bad luck growing this

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            from Littleton CO (6000 ' elevation)

            About Me Professional Landscaper

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Stubborn

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

            I have ordered this for several years. I finally got one to grow, and I thing the ones I planted summer 2014 may come back in 2015. I garden almost exclusively with native plants and usually have great luck. For some reason, this plant does not seem to like it in my yard. Have tried it in several loations on my 2-1/2 acres. However, I am DETERMINED to grow this!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Four O'Clock delight.

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            from Wenatchee, WA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Fast Growing Ground Cover
            • Healthy
            • Light Green Heart Shaped
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • A Showy Single Star
              • Garden
              • Large Flower Beds

              Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

              Mirablis filled in an entire 7 foot wide bed in one summer providing a stunning show of crisp light green leaves and perfect pink flowers all summer .

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              died

              By 

              from Boise, Idaho

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Small In Size

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

                My plant was very immature and did not survive.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Drought-tolerant, beautiful flowers

                By 

                from Smith Valley, NV

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

                  I planted four of these in a dry area away from the house. They were slow to sprout. Two have bloomed and the flowers were beautiful. the problem is that they have been attacked multiple times by bunnies, despite liberal use of rabbit repellant. This plant has wonderful potential, but if I plant more I will plant them close to the house where there is less of a bunny problem.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  4.0

                  A neat plant to experiment with

                  By 

                  from Arma Kansas

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

                    I live in southeastern Kansas where we get about 40 inches of annual precipitation. Far more than what this plant wants. I bought it as an experiement to place in my winter-hardy xeriscape bed that showcases succulents. I've had it for about three years and this year (summer 15') its just now blooming. It is lovely! It truly has few rivals. If you're not in the semi-arid west I would recommend that you plant it on the south side of your house in its rain shadow and prepare the site by amending the soil. Also realize its an experiment but one that you'll be glad you did.

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                    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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