marvel of Peru


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n.1.(Bot.) A common garden plant (Mirabilis jalapa or Mirabilis uniflora) of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon; called also four-o'clock. See four-o'clock.
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Varieties of authentic early 19th-century plants are being grown, with names such as Marvel of Peru, Dame's Violet and Bear's Britches.
A NO, the roots would not damage walls, and, yes, you can leave Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa) in the ground, providing you have planted it in a free-draining soil in a sheltered spot.
Some, like roses and sweet peas - both of which can be planted now - need the sun to draw out their fragrance, while others such as night-scented stock and Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa) wait until dusk or even the dark to release theirs.