Wild Four O’clock Plant (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

Perennial
Oxybaphus nictagineus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Four O'clock Plant
Mirabilis nyctaginea
Nyctaginaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The chewed root is used as a poultice for wounds, burns, sores, sprains etc[207, 222, 257]. A tea made from the roots is also used to treat burns, fevers and to expel worms[213, 222, 257].

    A tea made from the leaves or the roots is used in the treatment of bladder ailments[222]. Caution is advised in the use of this plant internally, see notes above on toxicity.

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    One report says that the plant is considered poisonous, but gives no details[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed remains viable for several years[196]. Division in spring as the plant comes into growth[200].
Requires a fertile well-drained soil in full sun or part-day shade[200]. Plants flower in their first year from seed and, although they are not very hardy in Britain, they can either be grown as half-hardy annuals or the tubers can be harvested in the autumn and stored overwinter in a cool frost-free place in much the same manner as dahlias[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
N. America – Wisconsin to Mexico.

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