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Mirabilis Jalapa. The Mystery Plant


For the first 6 months this year outside my front door was a large black plant pot with nothing growing. The two previous plants had died a long while ago and I was considering dumping all the soil in the pot in case that was a factor. One day I noticed a few green shoots appearing and presumed them weeds, however over the next few weeks, these “weeds” grew ferociously and looked actually quite charming. So I left the plant alone, watered it sometimes and expected that I was growing some huge weed. A couple of weeks ago some flowers appeared and since then some more. Using an online plant app, seems my plant is Mirabilis Jalapa. Also known as the 4 o’clock flower.A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers with different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant. The plantĀ hails from tropical South America, but has become naturalised throughout tropical and warm temperate regions. In cooler temperate regions, it will die back with the first frosts, regrowing in the following spring from the tuberous roots. The plant does best in full sun. It grows to approximately 0.9 m in height. The plant will self-seed, often spreading rapidly if left unchecked in a garden.The flowers are used in food colouring.

Seems also that if one gets ill this plant might help or cure most things.

In herbal medicine, parts of the plant may be used as a diuretic, purgative, and for vulnerary (wound healing) purposes. The root is believed an aphrodisiac as well as diuretic and purgative. It is used in the treatment of dropsy.

The leaves are used to reduce inflammation. A decoction of them (mashing and boiling) is used to treat abscesses. Leaf juice may be used to treat wounds.

Mirabilis Jalapa with flowers emerging

Mirabilis Jalapa with flowers emerging

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa with no flowers.

Mirabilis Jalapa with no flowers.

What is this Plant?


I have a pot outside the front of my house and all plants planted there have initially thrived then suddenly died. The soil has remained the same and untouched for maybe almost 12 months. In the last week this plant or weed has begun to grow and seems spectacularly happy. But what is it? Is it a plant or some hideous weed like a triffid?

All help and advice welcome.

What is this plant?

What is this plant?

Butterflies at Wisley RHS


Until Feb 26th in the large glasshouse at Wisley there are butterflies, hundreds maybe thousands of them flying and flapping around. a suggestion would be to avoid weekends as there was also a queue of 45 minutes to get in when we arrived and a queue of over 60 minutes by the time we left. An amazing sight it is though. It seemed everyone had cameras. Would thoroughly recommedn a visit. Here are a few photos to show you what you might see.

A painting of the Glasshouse at Wisley

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