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Morning Glories: Flying Saucers

Ipomoea tricolor “Flying Saucers”

Usually morning glory flowers have 5 petals (well, all the petals are fused together so… petal sections?):


But this one flower had four petals instead. Even the other flowers on the same vine didn’t do this.


Flying Saucers is one of the prettiest morning glory varieties out there. But they also get sick and die really easily.


As the flowers fade and close, the blue turns pink or magenta.


The pink color can be even more striking than the blue from when the flowers were fresh.


Marvel of Peru

Mirabilis jalapa

A whole seed packet labeled “mixed colors” came up all yellow. The next year, new plants came up pink.

The flowers have a subtle smell that you don’t notice until you stick your nose right into the flower’s business, but it’s very sweet and a lot like jasmine.


Even if you flood the garden with the sprinklers, the flowers only open after the rain. The rest of the time, they do this.