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I wasn't sure, if it was a dump or a shop in Hong Kong, but she sold me the caudex.


The red flowers. Photo by Maarten van Thiel.

Author:  Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Family:  NYCTAGINACEAE
Origin:  Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  White - Yellow - Pink - Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Belle De Nuit Blanche, Belle De Nuit Rose, Belle De Nuit, Buenas Tardes, Dondiego De Noche, Four-O'Clock, Gecesefase, Geje Safa, Gulabbas, Heft Reng, Jalap, Lala A'Bbas, Maravilla, Noche Buena, Tzu Mo Li, Bunga pukul empat, Kederat, Kembang pagi sore, Kembang pukul, Nodja, Segerat, Ubat jerawat, Marvel-of-Peru.
Synonyms:  Nyctago jalapa, DC. 1805.
Mirabilis jalapa f. eujalapa, Heimerl.
Nyctago versicolor ,
Salisb.
Mirabilis jalapa var. oaxacana, Heimerl.

This member of the Nyctaginaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It's from the central part of America, but has been spread around the world. The flowers are from white over yellow and pink to red. A well-drained garden-soil, some water and sun. It can't stand frost. The caudex and the seeds are poisonous, and will give diarrhoea.

The genera name is Latin for 'marvellous'. The species name means 'from Jalapa' in Veracruz, Mexico.


The seeds.


Yellow flowering bush.


Red flowering bush.


White flowering bush.