Four-o-clock Mirabilis jalapa
The exact origin of this plant is unknown, but it is thought to be native to parts of tropical America. Belonging to the Nyctaginaceae family, it is a long-lived perennial herb growing up to 2m high with a tuberous root. Its leaves are ovate and measure up to 9mm in length and the leaf stalk can be as long as 4cm. Flowers are tubular and are white, pink or red in colour, are fragrant and open in the afternoon between the months of November and March. They can be up to 6.5cm long, 3.5cm wide, with 5-6 stamens. Groups of 3-7 flowers occur, but flower stalks are more or less absent. The fruit is a small, brown, one-seeded capsule.