Mirabilis multiflora

Wild Four O'clock

 
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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

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
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. More shipping info 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. Semi-succulent foliage
SKU 70345
Common Name Wild Four O'clock
Botanical Name Mirablis multiflora
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
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), Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Mirabilis multiflora (Wild Four O'clock) - a widespread native wildflower found from Texas east to California. Resistant to browsing deer and rabbits. Pollinated by hawk moths.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in any low fertility ("lean") soil including clay positioned in full sun.
  • Mulch with gravel or not at all.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, it needs no supplemental water except in time of drought (when a monthly deep watering is all that's needed).
  • Deadheading is not needed as this is a naturally ever-blooming species.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.
  • Special comments
  • Mirablis has a huge fleshy tap root once established and can't be transplanted. Plant where they stay dry. Excessive water encourages vigorous growth with no flowers.
  • First frost in fall turns the entire plant crispy and brown. Stems detach from the root and should be discarded or composted.

  • 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 and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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

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High Country GardensMirabilis multiflora
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Hardy (9)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Accurate instructions (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (15)
  • Outdoors (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Going Strong in the First Season

The plant came dormant, and I thought it wasn't going to sprout. I watered it for about two weeks, hoping something would happen, A few days later, it sprouted. Since then,...Read complete review

The plant came dormant, and I thought it wasn't going to sprout. I watered it for about two weeks, hoping something would happen, A few days later, it sprouted. Since then, it has grown steadily.

It's about 14" in diameter now, and has quite a few flowers. I'm thrilled!

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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

#1 Best xeric plant in my CO garden

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from Centennial CO

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

    Great in a hot, sunny dry spot.

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    1.0

    Nothing emerged

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    from Durango

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

    Plant never emerged .

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    1.0

    Not worth the hassle

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    from Ohio

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

    I ordered 4 of these and eagerly awaited them in early spring. When they arrived, 2 looked worse for the wear, but the directions said they might look that way and would get better after planting. I carefully amended my soil, watered them all summer long and only ONE plant of the four actually grew in late August . And even that one was nothing to write home about. A few wimpy blooms and mostly scraggly vines. So much time and energy down the drain. I'm so disappointed.

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    5.0

    Mirabilis Update!

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    from Salt Lake City

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    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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      • Garden
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

      July 16: I left my 6 inch mirabilis on a slow drip and went to Denver for a couple of weeks to visit family. When I returned, it was 18 inches tall and wide and laughing at the 100 degree heat, while most of my other plants were begging for mercy. I am LOVING this plant so far!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Going Strong in the First Season

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      from Springville UT

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      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

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        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

        The plant came dormant, and I thought it wasn't going to sprout. I watered it for about two weeks, hoping something would happen, A few days later, it sprouted. Since then, it has grown steadily.

        It's about 14" in diameter now, and has quite a few flowers. I'm thrilled!

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        5.0

        Buy a few to get one settled in- you can do it!

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        from Salt Lake City

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        • Attractive
        • Healthy

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          • Garden
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

          I have loved the idea of planting mirabilis for a long time, and was so excited to get one from High Country Gardens, since I hadn't been able to find it in the nurseries where I live. I was very impressed with the obvious care High Country Gardens put into shipping this plant to me- it arrived in a timely fashion, and it was small (only a couple inches tall), but healthy and perfect. Though I planted it carefully, I ended up losing it to a late spring frost. Then, in a delightful case of perfect timing, my local nursery got a small shipment in, so I brought home 4 more, and tried again. What I have learned, is that this plant starts out delicate and requires close attention for a couple weeks, so it is wise to get a few of them. Like many natives, it's a little fussy at first, and takes some experimenting to find that perfect water balance. I ended up losing one of my 4 plants to shock, and then the kids stepped on 2 others, but a month later- success! One of them is taking off. It is planted in the very dry, heavy clay soil which we wrestle with out here in the intermountain desert valleys. I mixed in a little peat moss (for drainage) and compost, and I planted it on small mounds. Once it took hold, it toughened right up, and now I just give it a small amount of water when I think about it. My mirabilis has gone from 2 to 6 inches in the last 2 weeks as the temps have climbed. I'm not sure if it's going to bloom this year or not, but I'm looking forward to seeing what it will do, and I feel confident about planting more. I am combining it with mountain big sage, salvia, yarrow, and some orange globe mallow which recently seeded itself in my yard.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mirabilis sprouted immediately

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          from Kentucky

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          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

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            • Garden
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            Comments about High Country Gardens Mirabilis multiflora:

            I had never purchased Mirabilis multiflora before. I purchased a package of 20 corns/bulbs (don't know what to call them) Every bulb burst fourth within two weeks and started growing at a tremendous rate. They are now about six inches tall and I am looking forward to the blooms this summer.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Plant

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            from Albuquerque (North Valley)

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            • 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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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful plant

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              from Louisville, CO

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              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy

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                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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Mirabilis it is

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                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

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                  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

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                    from Pendleton, OR

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                    • Hardy

                    Cons

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                      • Garden
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                      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!

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                      • Personal

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Four O'Clock delight.

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                      from Wenatchee, WA

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                      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

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                          from Smith Valley, NV

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                          • Attractive
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy

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                            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.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            A neat plant to experiment with

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                            from Arma Kansas

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                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

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                              • 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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                              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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