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Four O'Clocks

Native to Peru, this drought-tolerant plant has fragrant and colorful blooms. Named for the time of day its flowers open (give or take a couple of hours), this was a popular "passalong" plant among Southern gardeners. "Passalong" plants are often hard to find in nurseries or retail garden stores, but are "passed along" out of one gardener's yard to a friend or neighbor's.

This is an excellent plant to introduce children to gardening; it's easy to grow, has attractive, fragrant flowers, and gives them something to look forward to every afternoon.

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