Marvel of Peru

Mirabilis jalapa

Marvel of Peru - Mirabilis jalapa

Common Name: Marvel of Peru
Genus: Mirabilis
Species: jalapa

The Latin translation of the word Mirabilis means admirable or wonderful.

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This perennial is more commonly grown as an annual because it is not fully frost hardy. Mirabilis jalapa has bright green, ovate shaped leaves. Flowers are produced in summer and vary in colour, sometimes there can be more than one of the following colours on the same plant: Magneta, yellow, white, red or pink. New flowers are produced towards the end of each day and are spent by the following morning hence the other common name for this plant: Four O’Clock Plant.