Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Mirabilis jalapa

Belle de Nuit
Four o’clock

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow,

pink

Flower size

25-35 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Cordate

Height

50 cm-150 cm

Description

Originally from the tropical part of South America, was introduced into Europa in 1525. In areas where there is frost it dies down in winter but returns in spring; self-seeds. The common name ‘4 o’clock plant’ is derived from its habit of opening in late afternoon and flowering through the night, emitting a strong, sweet odour. Each flower has a life span of 16-20 hours.

Flowers

The flower consists of two parts, a narrow tube 3-5 cm long, opening out into the flower with protruding stamens. Flowers in many colours, even with different colours on the same plant.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Cordate heart-shaped. Long, wider in the middle, pointed to heart-shaped at the base, 3-10 cm long, 2.5 cm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: spherical with a single black seed, half encased by the calyx.

Edible

Leaves are edible. Flowers are used in the Far East for food colouring.

Medical

The Aztecs are supposed to have used this plant medicinally for its diuretic, purgative and wound healing properties.

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