Mirabilis jalapa L. - Four-O-Clock
Family - Nyctaginaceae
Node of stem.
Arrow shows line of pubescence.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, waste ground, old homesites. Also cultivated.
Origin - Native to tropical America.
Other information - This striking yet weedy species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its opposite leaves and big pink flowers. The flowers open at or around 4:00pm, hence the common name. The pubescence of the stems is in one or two vertical lines between the swollen nodes.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 8-13-04 and 8-21-05.