Four o’clock flower

Four o'clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa). Marvel of Peru. அந்திமந்தாரை.

Four o’clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa). Marvel of Peru. அந்திமந்தாரை.

A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers with different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant. The flowers usually open from late afternoon onwards. Flowers then produce a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance throughout the night, then close for good in the morning. New flowers open the following day. – at Kunjapanai, Kotagiri, Nilgiris.

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