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Mirabilis jalapa

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Mirabilis jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa is the marvel of Peru or four o'clock flower. It is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis plant. It is available in a range of colours. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is the state capital of Veracruz in México. Mirabilis jalapa was cultivated by the Aztecs for medicinal and ornamental purposes. This plant is belongs to Nyctaginaceae family.


Dropsy, Wounds, Swelling.

Parts Used

Leaves, Roots.

Chemical Composition

Bioassay-guided fractionation of the methanolic extract of M. jalapa also led to the isolation of an active polyphenolic amide.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Gulamaji, Naalku ghante hoo
Hindi Gul abbas, Gulbakshi
Malayalam Anthimalari, Anti-mantaram, naalu mani poovu
Tamil Pattarashu, Andhi Mandarai
Telugu Chandrakantha, Chandramalli
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Krishnakeli
English Four O'clock, Beauty-of-the-night, Marvel of Peru



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.












Kind Shape Feature
Simple Elliptical They have numerous branches and opposite, pointed leaves 2-4 in long.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual Trumpet shaped, two inches long Red, magenta, pink, yellow or white Sometimes with more than one color on the same plant. Like Petunia, bicolored flowers can also be grown.

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

It grows preferably in light soil, rich in humus and well draining, it is neutral side acidity (pH).[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Garden area, Mountain area

Photo Gallery


  1. Chemical composition
  2. Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:327
  3. Identification
  4. Cultivation

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