Wild Four O'clock
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.
|Common Name||Wild Four O'clock|
|Botanical Name||Mirablis multiflora|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||15-18" tall|
|Mature Spread||48-72" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Season||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Very Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Rabbit Resistant, High Impact - Low Maintenance|
|Ideal Region||Hot Desert, Western Only|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Canada||No|
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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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