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Colorado Four O'Clock
Nyctaginaceae
Mirabilis multiflora


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Nyctaginaceae Family

Mirabilis Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Froebel's Four-O'Clock


Location

Phtot taken in Blanca, Colorado
Range: From Southern California east to Colorado south to Mexico

Physical Description
Showy four o'clocks are perennial plants that die back to their roots each year. These plants form large clumps from multiple stems, are 1-3 feet tall and as broad or broader. The dark green leaves are opposite and are round to egg-shaped -- at times they appear heart-shaped -- with short petioles. The leaves and stems may be either smooth or have sticky hairs. The leaves vary from 3/4-7 inches long and are often pointed at the tip.
Many flowers are borne in small clusters in the leaf axils -- the space where the leaves join the stem. The funnel-shaped flowers protrude from a papery floral cup, which is made up of greenish bracts (modified leaves) that resemble floral sepals. The flowers are magenta in color and are 1- 3 inches long and about 1 inch across. Four o'clocks do not have petals, rather they have colorful sepals which are petal-like in appearance and fused together into a funnel-shaped flower.




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Nyctaginaceae
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Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
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Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
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Magnolia Division
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The Hopis used the roots of older plants to make a blood-strengthening tea for pregnant women. Teas were also made to treat colic, eye infections, muscle soreness, body swellings, rheumatism, and indigestion. The Acoma and Laguna pueblo tribes dried the leaves for smoking material, and some say the plant has a sedative proper
The dried root can be ground into a powder, mixed with cereal flours, and used to make bread. This bread is eaten to reduce the appetite
The Navajos boiled the flowers to make a light brown or purple color for dying wool.



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