Friday, August 2, 2019

A Kaleidoscope of Blooms

Each evening brings new excitement as the flowers open on my Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa) plants. Every flower is unique! In his Letters on the Elements of Botany (1785), Rousseau had this to say about them: "Upon the first discovery of the New World, as America was vauntingly called, everything found there was represented as wonderful. Strange stories were related of the plants and animals they met with, and those which were sent to Europe had pompous names given them. One of these is the Marvel of Peru, the only wonder of which is the variety of colours in the flowers". But that's reason enough for me! How many other flowers can boast such brilliant and varied colors? Enjoy! 😊




  1. It's like every day they're dressed for a party! :)

  2. Rousseau should lighten up. This mix of colors is fabulous. I've never thought of growing this plant, does it need full sun?

    1. I don't think they would mind a little afternoon shade, but otherwise yes they should have sun. They're super easy to grow. I start them from seed each spring. They also produce tubers which can be dug and saved in the fall for replanting, but from what I've read it's not really worth the effort since they bloom almost as quickly from seed.