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We have a plant growing in our front garden and in many other gardens around here, though nobody seems to know it's name.
It grows from seed every year, and the first two leaves are relatively big, a bit like a radishes first two leaves, but without the indent in the middle of the width. It flowers around August September with pretty pink (hot pink, deep pink or shocking pink depending on how you'd describe it) flowers. Once these die, it produces ridged black/dark brown rocket shaped/fish shaped seeds, which fall to the ground and grow new plants the next year. After producing the seed, the plant dies.The root becomes very fat, thick and bulbous as the plant grows. There are other colours of flowers I've seen growing around here, in various gradens: lilac, white, yellow, light pink, and in on one plant I've seen variegated flowers with all the colours mixed in lines on each flower. It grows about two feet high. I've attached pictures, though they're not very good quality I'm afraid. And my plants grow smaller than most because of poor soil in the area.
Any help in putting a name or identification to this plant would be much appreciated. Pictures below:
This is a rough shape of the seed, which can be approx half cm wide and roughly ¾ cm long:
Edit: Just took a photo of the seeds:
Thank you in advance for your help.
P.S. It says that I haven't marked this as a question. I'm trying to see how I do that, I've tried edit thread etc but can't see an option.
Gosh thank you for such a quick reply.
I don't think it's nicotiana, though I see where you're coming from with the shape of the flowers.I had nicotiana once before, and the nicotiana flowers stamens don't protrude up much from the flower, and the leaves and seeds are different.
sorry for the delay in getting you an answer and welcome to our forum. Your plant is Mirabilis jalapa - The Marvel of Peru or 4 o clock flower. It is as it's common name suggests a native of the Peruvian Andes but was introduced to Europe very soon after Europeans arrived. It is a member of the Nyctaginaceae but does look quite Nicotiana like.
It grows commonly in southern Europe, and I have become accustomed to seeing there (including Cyprus, where I live). So I was surprised when I saw a big plant growing in a border in a town garden in Geneva - where it can get very cold in winter.
Thank you so much DrFred for your reply and identification. I had googled every way I could, but could not find anything using my descriptions. After all these years, it is nice to know the name and history, and of course, knowing the name, I can now find more information if I need to. Thank you also Liz and MikeHardman for your contributions. I'm very impressed with natureplus.
Thank you again and best wishes