Νυχτα λουλουδι – a fascinating flower

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Νύχτα λουλούδι – Night flower
Τα δειλινά – the sunset

Mirabilis jalapa, the 4 o`clock flower

This flower fascinates me so much every year.
Yesterday walking in town and a bit outside
I saw a lot of them, just have a look;

 

This is what I found on the net;

Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peruor four o’clock flower, is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis plant, and is available in a range of colours. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is the capital of Veracruz. Mirabilis jalapa was cultivated by the Aztecs for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It is also said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540 A.D.”

Family Caryopylallis & Genus Mirabilis

– from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabilis_jalapa

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Their mix of colors are amazing!

Wikidedia again; “The flowers are used in food coloring.
The leaves may be eaten cooked as well, but only as an emergency food.
An edible crimson dye is obtained from the flowers to colour cakes and jellies.
In herbal medicine, parts of the plant may be used as a diuretic, purgative, and for vulnerary (wound healing) purposes. The root is believed an aphrodisiac as well as diuretic and purgative. It is used in the treatment of dropsy.
The leaves are used to reduce inflammation. A decoction of them (mashing and boiling) is used to treat abscesses. Leaf juice may be used to treat wounds.
Powdered, the seed of some varieties is used as a cosmetic and a dye.

The seeds are considered poisonous.”

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So you may easily take seeds, but the plant need many hours
of sun every day to survive. Here in Greece they
may really be a big problem because their seed
spreads every where.
But still I have not made them grow in my garden,
maybe not enough sun!!!

You may read a lot about them and how to grow them on
https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-four-oclocks-mirabilis-jalapa-1402907

Hope this inspired you?

Some Norwegian;
“Gi meg et smil mens jeg lever, kom mot meg forstående mild.
Når jeg er blitt senket i graven da trenger jeg ikke ditt smil.”
– dette er litt av en dansk skillingvise, – herlig, spør du meg!
Translated to something like this;
“Give me a smile while I am alive, come to me mildly.
When I’m lowered into the grave, I do not need your smile.”

All the best from Skopelos
and have a lovely weekend!

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