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Four O'Clocks

The Four O'Clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peru) is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis plant, and is available in a range of colors. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa (or Xalapa) is the state capital of Veracruz in Mexico. Mirabilis jalapa was cultivated by the Aztecs for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It arrived in Europe in 1525. Today, it is common in many tropical regions and is also valued in Europe as a (not hardy) ornamental plant.

These beautiful, thriving Four O’Clock flowers grow wild beneath the One-Seed Junipers in the backyard. The flowers usually open from late afternoon (around 4'o clock) onward, giving rise to one of its common names. Flowers then produce a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance throughout the night, then close for good in the morning. New flowers open the following day.

Nikon D500 Tamron 18-400 mm F/3.5-6.3