yes, aren't regional differences interesting....
Mirabilis jalapa is called SONDHHA (as in Sandhya) Maloti (as in Malati) in Bengali, I have them growing wild/naturalised all over the south calcutta unkempt places.. and some have invaded my lawn (which is not unkempt, by any means)... though I must admire its scent... it becomes a nuisance, produces zillions of large black seeds..... I have also grown them in my apartment balcony in different continents, both yellow and deep pink/magenta , they must hybridize very easily, because the seeds I saved for the following summer grew pink and the combination as in pink and yellow striped variety only.... no yellow flowers ever came up for a few years in succession... I recently saw miles of linear collection, as in growing along narrow stretch of soil along footpaths along the ganges /Bhagirathi near Murshidabad... all yellow... no pink....not a single pink flower....
Jun 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Mahadeswara <swamy...@gmail.com>
In South India some varieties ( those posted by Mr. Bhat ji) of
Portulaca are called "table rose '.
Mirabilis jalapa (Nictaginaceae) is commonly called 4'o clock
plant, because the flowers open in the evening. The plant comes in
different hues and very common in Mysore city. They grow even wild
and there are a few varieties growing in my street.