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Candy flower, also known as horn melon flower, is a beautiful wild flower with the scientific name "Mirabilis jalapa" and belongs to the Solanaceae family.
Flowers: The flowers of candy flowers are bright and colorful, usually in panicles, containing flowers of various colors, such as red, yellow, orange, pink, white, etc. Sometimes even flowers of different colors appear on the same plant. This pleochroism has led to it being called "candy flower" because the flowers are brightly colored like candy.
Leaves: Leaves are inverted heart-shaped, usually larger, with green blades.
Plant type: Candy flower is a perennial plant that survives the winter with its underground tubers and usually grows above ground in summer.
Candy flower adapts to a variety of soil types but prefers well-drained soil.
It requires full sun to thrive and generally does best in full or partial sun.
Candy flowers usually bloom from summer to early fall, and there may be flowers of different colors blooming on the same plant at the same time.
Primarily used to decorate gardens, patios and landscapes, candy flowers are loved for their unique, colorful blooms.
It is also often used as part of a night garden because its flowers emit a sweet fragrance in the evening and at night, attracting nocturnal pollinators such as armyworms.
Candy flowers are also used as traditional herbal medicine in some places to treat some ailments such as colds and fevers, although herbal uses require caution.
Candy flowers can be propagated from seeds or expanded by dividing rhizomes.
Candy flower is an easy plant to grow and maintain, but be aware that its underground tubers can be considered an invasive species in some areas, so be careful to control its spread.
Although candy flower is an attractive beauty in the garden, its tubers and seeds are edible and should not be eaten.
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