Mirabilis 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).
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Low Maintenance
Good For Containers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10"
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Height15-18" tall
Mature Spread48-72" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SizePlant - 5" Pot
SKUHC014647

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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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
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SKUHC014647
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
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
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To 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.
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