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Four O'clock Seeds

Four O’clock Seeds

The 4 O’clock Flowers puts out seeds that are perhaps the easiest to harvest and the most abundant..  They turn black and just sit there in the fold of leaves waiting to drop or be plucked.  If the wind blows the plant, you can hear them drop.

Special Note:  Unless you are very careful, 4 O’clock plants will pop-up in the strangest places next year.  All parts of this plant–except the pollen– are poisonous, particularly to Japanese Beetles and, I think, to June Bugs. But JB’s love to eat them anyway.  They even prefer them over fruit. Ergo, it is recommended to place these plants near fruiting bushes and trees.

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