1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

Four o’clocks

Mirabilis jalapa

An heirloom garden standard grown as an annual, these colorful antiques will self-seed and return each spring. These tubular flowers open late in the day or in the evening (although they will open earlier on rainy or cloudy days) and are pollinated by sphinx moths (family Sphingidae) and other nocturnal pollinators with long tongues. Hummingbirds and butterflies are also attracted to the flowers.

Native to tropical South America, this tuberous-rooted plant produces slightly pointed oval leaves on multi-branching stems.