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.

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